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Apple’s Siri-Powered iTV to Rely on Motion Controls; iPad Mini Launching in September, Analyst Says

by Todd Haselton | June 11, 2012June 11, 2012 7:30 am PDT

Apple OLED TV - Siri

We weren’t expecting Apple to launch a touchscreen television, so we’re not too surprised by this report. An analyst on Monday said that Apple’s Siri-powered iTV will rely on motion controls — much like one would control an Xbox 360 with a Kinect – and not on touch controls. However, Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White also said that the iTV will ship with a remote control with a touchscreen that will resemble the iPad that can also be used to control the television. We were assuming that most of a user’s interaction with the iTV would be based off of voice controls with Siri, but we’re assuming this will offer a more in-depth and reliable experience. “Regarding Apple TV, the data points during our trip indicate the Company will use a special type of motion detection technology on future full blown Apple TV that we expect to be unveiled within the next couple of quarters, rather than touch technology,” White said. “Also, our contacts indicate a unique remote control with a touch panel form factor that looks similar to the iPad would be used to control the device. The bezel is expected to be a plastic composition, rather than the aluminum unibody exterior that surrounds the MacBook Air.” White also said that he believes Apple will announce a smaller “iPad mini” at some point, which will launch in tandem with the iPhone 5 in September. It’s possible we’ll hear more on the iTV today during Apple’s WWDC keynote, so stay tuned for more information.

[via MacRumors]


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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