For analysts, Apple rumor-mongering has become something of a cottage industry. The most aggressive rumor in recent months has been related to a supposed Apple smart television that some believe will be unveiled later this year. A new rumor from the analyst ranks now claims that this phantom smart television will be controlled by a piece of wearable technology called an "iRing."
According to Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White, this iRing will control Apple's rumored 60-inch smart television. White says the iRing "will be placed on a user’s finger and act as a navigation pointer for 'iTV', enhancing the motion detection experience and negating some of the functionality found in a remote."
The report also mentions an additional piece of hardware called a "mini iTV" that would function as a second screen in much the same way as some currently use the iPad while watching television. White says, "we believe the 'mini iTV' screens will be able to capture content from the 60-inch 'iTV' across a distance of up to 200 meters, allowing a user to view 'iTV' content in the kitchen, washroom, garage, bedroom, backyard, etc."
While the notion of Apple creating a wearable ring that you wave in the air to control your TV might sound a bit outlandish, we should remember that the market has been calling for new innovations from Apple in recent months as competition from Samsung and others ramps up, so anything is possible. Having said that, we'll believe in this iRing when we actually see it on our finger.