Is Apple Jumping Into The HDTV Market?

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It's being rumored that Apple could be entering the Internet-connected high-definition television market, as soon as the end of this year.

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AppleInsider reports that Brian White, of Ticonderoga Securities, was in attendance for the China electronics trade show this week, and while there he saw a note to investors. In the note he noticed "data points" which points toward a "Smart TV" launch by Apple.

White also went on to say, "our research suggests this Smart TV would go well beyond the miniature $99 second-generation Apple TV that the company released last fall and provide a full-blown TV product for consumers … The combination of Apple's powerful ecosystem, industrial design savvy, powerful brand and ability to reinvent product categories could make Apple a powerful force in the TV world over the next few years."

Back in January, Apple stated that they had invested $3.9 billion of their cash reserves for securing key components for various devices. Many speculated that the money was being spent on the Apple moneymakers: iPod, iPhone and iPad. It now looks like some of that money could've been spent readying the company for an HDTV launch.

According to MacRumors, Apple executives have said in the past that the company has no interest in the television industry. They were leery of the slim profit margins, and the overly-crowded field.

If Apple does enter the HDTV market, how many buttons do you think the remote will have?