|You want an Apple TV review? How about an Apple TV preview, courtesy of a Best Buy survey! The Apple iTV, called an Apple HDTV by Best Buy, is the Apple TV set rumor that's been happening for almost a year now. It lists a number of Apple TV features, ranging from iPad support (or hopefully an iPad 3 release), iOS integration, iCloud and iTunes for media storage in the cloud, iSight for videoconferencing and HDTV -- but it makes no mention of Siri.
The story was first mentioned by The Verge, who said "Though we were originally sent a screen shot of the survey from an anonymous tipster, we've been able to verify that the survey does exist. Furthermore, it's administered by Confirmit, a Norwegian research firm known to count Best Buy as a client, so that lends a sense of legitimacy." There's also the recent report of the recent report of Apple buying Apple TV parts. Check out a screen capture of the survey from The Verge.
Apple Insider also draws a good conclusion against the Apple TV survey a proof verfiable, saying "Another hit to the credibility of the survey comes in its mention of an integrated microphone, which the listing claims can be used for Skype, rather than FaceTime, Siri, or any other voice-enabled features built by Apple itself."
So is this a gimmick from Best Buy to gain some free publicity? Possibly ... there's no hard and fast mention of a verified product, but the inclusion of specific Apple TV features seems to warrant some integrity, but could also been plucked from reading various online reports on a new Apple TV, much like Spacelab has done. What do you think of the Best Buy survey .. in cahoots with Apple or just riding the Apple gravy train for publicity cred?
The Best Buy Apple TV features include use of an iPad or iPhone as a remote control, App Store integration with a specific mention of Angry Birds, full iCloud support for media and Apple App Store integration for games like Angry Birds, suggesting that the big screen and Apple TV apps could be the next big focus for the Apple ecosystem. The price is $1500, enough to make it a premium product but small enough that some people, no matter how 99% they may be, will pay for iTV.