Last month, Gene Munster, a Piper Jaffray senior research analyst, said in a research note that he believes Apple will enter the HDTV set market by the end of next year. If Munster is right, that gives Apple two years to design and manufacture the television.
An all-in-one TV could include built-in Apple TV, MobileMe access, the iTunes Store, and use of the same network as computers.
His predictions may turn out to be true after all. Earlier today, 9to5mac noticed a new job posting on Apple's website. It called for new people eager to work on new power management technologies for "Apple's next generation Macintosh platforms." Those platforms being their laptops, desktops, servers, their monitors, and... TVs?
There is a possibility that it could have been an employee's intention to write a "set-top box" instead of "TV," but considering how the word immediately follows "standalone displays," and given how power consumption is already an impressively low 2.5 watts on load for the 2010 Apple TV, we can only assume this to refer to a yet-to-be-announced Apple HDTV in the works.