If you read the post yesterday about why an iTV may not be such a good idea, you may realize that I am not a huge believer on this project. Like I have said before, if they release a TV, it has to be very unique. People do not just make TV purchases every few years, HDTV’s these days should last over 10 years. But if Apple released something totally unique, that would draw consumers in, then I give them props. And Forresters James McQuivey I believe has these unique ideas.
McQuivey thinks that Apple should create the worlds first non-TV TV. One thats more importantly called the iHub. The TV would be very portable and light, in order to hang or stand wherever the family currently is located inside the house. The iHub would contain touch features, gestures, voice, and iPad control.
Application developers would be encouraged to create apps for the TV, essentially making the device, “the hub of family life”. Shared calanders, photo/video viewing, and Facetiming could make this iHub like no-other TV on the market.
In all the consumer would be looking at the very first super-engaged TV on the market. And if Apple could deal with cable subscribers to sell individual channels or packages, I wouldn’t doubt the TV’s success one bit.
Its base of super-engaged customers, its bevy of hungry developers, its ability to open our minds to the possibility of post-PC computing form factors, and its spectacular track record with generating elegant experiences that teach us to do things we didn’t know we needed. In fact, I want this so bad I can almost taste it.
So what would you add to an Apple iHub TV if you had any suggestions?