Next-gen Apple iMac to land with inbuilt TV functionality?

Reports claim Apple will take a stepping stone approach to the dedicated TV market

All-in-one Apple computer to add inbuilt TV capabilities acting as a stepping stone device to the first dedicated Apple branded television sets

Apple is set to take an incremental step into the television market with its next-generation range of iMac computers to host inbuilt television systems, new reports have suggested.

Set to act as a bridging device between its current iMac offerings and the heavily rumoured Apple iTV dedicated television sets, the all-in-one computer with TV inclusion is likely to land in mid 2012, analyst Brian Blair or Wedge Partners recently reported to investors.

"We think this makes sense," Blair reported. "While we typically think about the newest TVs hanging on the wall in large form factors, Apple could effectively start with what they already have on the manufacturing line and slowly push their offering from 27 inches and scale up from there to 32 inches and then move on to the 42, 50 and 55 inch market."

Apple iTV Rumours

Tipped as a strong possibility for a number of months, Apple iTV rumours kicked into overdrive recently following the posthumous release of the Steve Jobs biography in which the Apple founder and former CEO was quoted as saying he had "finally cracked" the TV sector.

Touted as heading to launch with a variety of screen sizes a number of reports and claimed insider sources have suggest an Apple iTV release will be launched in the months leading up to Christmas 2012.

What will we see come out of Apple's Cupertino campus first, dedicated Apple TV sets or TV enabled Apple iMacs? Let us know what you think via the comments box below.

Via: TechRadar