Rumoured Apple TV set likely to feature motion sensor, voice control

While Apple didn't announce anything about its rumoured TV set at yesterday's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), an unveiling of the so-called iTV could come within the next few quarters, analyst Brian White with Topeka Capital Markets, wrote in a Monday note to clients.

Following a trip last week to Computex in Taipei and meetings with unnamed tech supply chain sources, White offered a few insights about the forthcoming Apple-branded television set. The device will feature motion-detection technology, and a touch-screen remote, he said.

"The data points during our trip indicate [Apple] will use a special type of motion detection technology on future full blown Apple TV," White wrote. "Also, our contacts indicate a unique remote control with a touch panel form factor that looks similar to the iPad would be used to control the device. The bezel is expected to be a plastic composition, rather than the aluminium unibody exterior that surrounds the MacBook Air."

Rumours about an Apple-based television set have been making the rounds since last year after Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography mentioned that the late Apple co-founder was working on an Apple-branded TV before his death on Oct. 5.

Last month, rumours surfaced that Apple's leading Asian manufacturing partner, Foxconn, was gearing up to make the much talked-about Apple television set, though the company denied it. The iTV is expected to feature an aluminium body, the voice-activated virtual assistant Siri, a built-in iSight camera and FaceTime for making video calls.

Cult of Mac recently claimed to have a source who had seen a working prototype of the forthcoming TV set. The prototype reportedly resembled Apple's current Cinema Display monitors - only much larger.