With the likes of the iWatch, iRadio, Apple TV, the iPhone 6 and the iPad Mini 2 floating around the rumor mill, it’s getting tricky to keep up with what’s plausible and what’s just plain fantasy. Nevertheless, it seems there’s another potential iDevice launch on the horizon at least according to one analyst – the iRing which will apparently function as a new-generation controller for next year’s Apple TV.
Interesting perhaps, but by rights one of the biggest head-scratchers to date.
Roughly summed up, Brain White of Topeka Capital has hit the headlines with his latest prediction that Apple’s first TV set – aka the iTV of course – has been lined up for a 2014 release date and will ship complete with the iRing. As far as the iRing goes, what we’re looking at is a remote control for Apple’s TV which will work by use of movements and gestures.
He also suggests that the Apple TV will come with a separate Mini iTV which can be used to view different content, primarily serving as a second display panel.
And as far as the price goes for all of the above – White estimates that the complete iTV package will hit the shelves next year for between $1,500 and $2,500, depending on screen sizes and accessories taken.
An iRing isn’t by rights a ludicrous concept as by rights it may basically function as something of a wireless mouse-style controller in order to operate the user interface. Technically speaking, it could probably offer hugely improved functionality and accuracy than current Smart TV sets that simply pick up hand gestures without the use of accessories.
There are, however, two rater inevitable problems that the iRing would lead to in epidemic proportions.
Firstly – it’s all too easy to lose great hunking remote controls down the side of the couch as it is…an iRing could potentially disappear without a trace pretty quickly.
And secondly – how often will folk forget they’re wearing the thing altogether and summarily end up taking it to work with them or away for the weekend, leaving the rest of the household stuck without it?
A cool concept, but one that’s anything but flawless.