Barbara, let's imagine a TV that begins with a solid Sharp Electronics foundation, adds the uber network connectability of Cisco then sexes it-up in genuine Apple style -- all at a mass market price-point only possible through a Tier-1 CEM like Foxconn? The only thing missing here is Cisco. Hey, wait-a-minute: Didn't Foxconn recently buy Cisco's TV cable and set-top works in Juarez, Mexico....?
I have no evidence in support of this but I doubt the Foxconn chairman just decided to talk without Apple's consent about the Apple TV. It isn't a secret that Apple has tried to gain a following in that market before and I believe it already has a product there. However, Foxconn talking about a customer's unannounced product is in itself highly unusual. So, he is either getting an earful from Apple or a pat on the back for teasing out the "news."
@prabhakar: Re the Internet, it seems to me Apple might be circumventing the service providers which may cause problems. Look at it this way: Right now, Xfinity provides Web-streamed programs as along as I am a subscriber. If that programming was suddenly available on Hulu for nothing, why subscribe to Xfinity? I think that is one of the dilemmas all Internet TV manufacturers will face.
@tirla: I'm not sure how much of a gamble it is for Apple since its is Foxconn that put the money down on the Sharp business. In terms of launching a product that tanks, Apple has survived that once already--the Lisa pen-based tablet that nobody seems to remember. Apple has already established it can go one better than everyone else--there was mp3, then there was the iPod. No matter how entrenced someone is in the market, Apple will try to dislodge them. But it will have to be a really unique offering to displace the established TV vendors.
I think that Samsung (again) has something very similar to what iTV is trying to integrate. I saw recent advertisement of "Samsung Smart TVs" which seems to have a next generation TV. I do not have full specs but there is voice recognition, camera and internet connectivity available. From that point of view, Apple might integrate some more features but from functionality wise both will be comparable. Advantage that Apple has is ofcourse its customer base.
While poor people are languishing for their daily bread and water , there is no dearth on this people of people having so much cash with them that they are just waiting to grab something new , something jazzy , something state of art , what ever may be its price tag. More the premium more the pull for such products from these wealthy customers.
So I am not worried whether the ITV will be a successful product . People are anyway bored with those remote controlled Tvs which only allow you to surf the channels. People are now looking at a TV which will be an interactive gadgets. May be with such TV you will be able to participate in the TV reality shows while sitting in your drawing room or in your kitchen.
@Barbara, do you think this big gamble by Apple, since there are already too many established players in the TV market. Moreover OLED TVs are on the horizon as well and they will be main stream in couple of years.
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Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.