"So here’s the magic question: If Apple releases a TV, and it turns out to be the best TV money can buy, and it is priced accordingly, would you buy it?"
i have bought apple products before, and will again if they fit my checklist.
but, the 'priced accordingly' part of this statement is where i'm sure apple will lose my business. time and time again apple's limited options price it out of competition for me. the clearest example i would expect to see in a tv, would be the inclusion of 'apple tv' at a premium. i don't operate in the apple biosphere and since apple refuses to play with others, having a apple tv is about as useful as a bluray player in the 80's. it could be the best thing in the world, but if there's nothing to use it for, who cares? so, while i'm sure it could be a hit for many, i personally would expect the apple product to include many extras i don't want, and charge handsomely for them.
so if apple releases a DISPLAY without speakers, without a tuner, without fancy smart features, that happens to be the best display for the money, it'll definitely be on my shopping radar. if they release a 'tv' with an LG oled panel, with similar picture quality, but add in 17 'revolutionary' features that i'll never use and charge double the price LG is, then it's not going to be of any serious interest to me.
to be honest, while i like competition, i'd really like to see somebody else PRODUCE the oled panels. this is starting to feel like the 'competition' you get between gas stations...
Displays: Samsung PN64F8500/JVC X35
AVR: Pioneer VSX-1130K, 7.1/5.1.2 audio
Sources: HTPC(Enby), PS3, XBOX360, Wii
Control: Harmony One