By Vamien McKalin | May 08, 2012 12:21 PM EDT
The long running rumor about an Apple TV device, which has Siri and FaceTime equipped, has surfaced yet again. This time the boys at Cult of Mac claim to have got the information from a well placed source, who informed them of the Siri and FaceTime packed Apple TV. Everyone these days have a well placed source, so we can't tell how genuine this is, it would be nice if the rumor turned out to be legitimate.
Siri and FaceTime on an Apple TV set would allow users to control the device with verbal commands without the need of a remote, along with making video calls to supported Apple FaceTime devices. Another cool features mentioned is the ability of the camera to track faces and zoom in on them for Facetime calls, though we're not sure how useful such a feature would be.
According to Cult of Mac source:
"The Apple HDTV makes FaceTime calls using the built-in iSight camera. The camera is sophisticated, with facial recognition and the ability to zoom into the user's face and follow them as they walk around the room. This allows users to make video calls from the couch across the room, rather than having to stand smack in front of the TV.
In addition, calls are initiated by Siri, the iPhone 4S's virtual assistant. "[Apple] used Siri to make a FaceTime call," the source said."
Sound good to us.
An analyst who spoke to Cult of Mac said Apple could release two to four Apple TV devices. The TVs are expected to support 1080p HD resolution. However, those who were expecting OLED or $4k tech inside are out of luck. When it comes to pricing, expect from $1,000 to $2000, though for some reason that seems a little bit too expensive. Yes, we know it's Apple, but selling a TV at those price ranges won't cut it.
We have no idea when this device will see the light of day, though a 2013 release date seems likely.
(reported by Vamien McKalin, edited by Surojit Chatterjee)