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Siri-enabled 42-inch Apple TV in Stores by May?

The iPad 3 is not the only device Apple has in the pipeline for the next few months; the company also has a TV set that features a 42-inch organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display and is controlled by none other than Siri, according to TechnoBuffalo, which should be out in April or May.

The report cites an anonymous high-ranking source from a major electronics retailer, who described the pre-production iTV as "gorgeous, very thin".

Furthermore, the Siri-esque voice control feature is reported to "far exceed what’s currently in use on the iPhone 4S." Steve jobs had previously revealed his vision of an Apple TV with "the simplest user interface you could imagine"; this has been rumoured to include motion sensor and voice control technology, though most users probably find current TV remote controls to be quite simple.

Apple executives envisage the new device as becoming a central hub for people's home life. Other reports have emerged about Apple linking the TV to home appliances in the house, enabling users to adjust the temperature in their home while watching their favourite TV show from the couch, for example.

Jon Rettinger, who authored the TechnoBuffalo report, suggests the price could revolve around $2,000 to $3000 at launch.

If the device is to be released in April or May, then manufacturers will probably be getting to work soon. This unverifiable report should be taken with a certain degree of healthy scepticism, but we'll keep our eye on developments as they emerge.