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Rogers & BCE Already Have A Siri-Controlled Apple iTV In Testing

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As is the case with all of its unreleased products, Apple is remaining highly secretive about its widely rumored television set. But according to one report from Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail, the Cupertino company has already issued the device to Rogers Communications and BCE Inc. for testing.

Apple is reportedly looking to strike partnerships with these particular providers, so it has provided them with a sneak peek at its new set, which is labeled by the report as the “Apple iTV”:

“They’re not closed to doing it with one [company] or doing it with two,” said one source who is familiar with the talks. “They’re looking for a partner. They’re looking for someone with wireless and broadband capabilities.”

The television will be controlled exclusively by Siri using your voice, or with hand gestures similar to those you’d use with the Kinect to control your Xbox 360, according to sources — without any physical interface. This strengthens our exclusive report that was published in late January, which revealed the set will feature “souped-up Siri” and motion sensing technology that will detect when a user walks into the room.

There will also be an on-screen keyboard allowing viewers to surf the web and use social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter:

An on-screen keyboard, meanwhile, can also be activated in a similar manner, allowing viewers to surf the web, conduct video chats and use social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook – all without any physical interface.

The paper — which is Canada’s largest national newspaper — doesn’t disclose the source for all of its information, and later cites an analyst for some of the details it provides. But the most important piece of information it provides, which is that the set is already in testing with other companies, is reportedly from a source who’s familiar with the talks ongoing between Apple and these providers.

According to our source, we’ll know a lot more about the set when it launches in April/May.

Are you looking forward to Apple’s “iTV”?

[via MacRumors]

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...