More Apple TV analysis and speculation
TV may prove trickier. Yet there are opportunities for Apple to innovate. Besides smart design, a defining feature of Apple's three blockbuster devices is simplicity. With a TV, Apple could streamline complicated on-screen menus and multiple remote-controls.
Apple wouldn't be first to market. About 24% of the 253 million TVs sold in 2011 were Internet-connectable. Yet only a fifth of those buying such sets actually connect them to the Web and keep them so, reckons IHS iSuppli's Tom Morrod. That is perhaps because many don't feature Wi-Fi, which reduces wire clutter. Apple's wireless technology could address this.