Originally Posted by Chronoptimist
I know that there are all these rumours, but I'm still not convinced that even Apple is in a position to revolutionise the TV market. Televisions, unlike computers, phones and tablet devices, aren't something which most people are going to replace every year or two. Most people buy a television and replace it when the old one breaks, or if they move. They aren't like computers where every couple of years they're feeling slower and slower over time as newer, more demanding software is released.
For longer than the Apple Television rumours have been around, people have been saying that apps have been coming to their AppleTV boxes, and nothing has ever come of that. In fact, aside from a UI refresh earlier this year, little has been done to the AppleTV boxes at all.
And Apple's displays aren't anything special at all. Well, the good thing is that Apple is pushing for high resolutions, but they're still using IPS panels, which are OK
on mobile devices, but on the desktop they don't have any internal calibration options, and IPS panels seem to be stuck around 1,000:1 contrast which is acceptable for monitors because you don't have any better options, but dreadful for a television.
Even if they were to bring out a 4K "retina" display, the resolution might be good, but unless they're doing something else with it, I wouldn't want one. IPS is low enough contrast that even using a full array local-dimming solution wouldn't be great, because you'd have serious blooming/haloing.
And don't forget about what happened with the iPad. Rumours of that were going around for years
before Apple introduced it. (most of which were along the lines of "it's coming out this year, we're sure of it!")
Generally speaking, Spring–Summer is the right time to buy a television if you care about having the latest technology, and the longest time before new models are released. Buying in Fall–Winter can save you a bit of money though, but don't be disappointed when new models are shown off/announced at CES in January.
And as others have said, the television market is full of false promises. There's always something new coming right around the corner, that is actually five years away or more. Yes, OLED displays are supposedly finally
coming out after more than five years of them being shown off at trade shows, and being ready for prime time now, but they're going to be very expensive, and it's still going to be a few years until more manufacturers offer them, and they work out the kinks.