I've long wanted an iMac with a built-in TV tuner and one capable of direct cable or satellite input. I doubt that's going to happen, but, a couple of years ago, one pundit predicted that we'll see "smart" TVs merging more with personal computers, perhaps even evolving into a "tabletop" system.
Lisa Graff, the vice president of the PC Client Group and general manager of the Desktop Client Platforms Group, told PCWorld that portable all-in-ones (AIOs) such as the 20-inch Lenovo Yoga Home 900 (pictured) are starting to double as a "second TV."
"I wonder how much difference you’re going to see in the next few years between a smart TV — which becomes so smart that you can do a lot with it, like Netflix and Hulu, and it heads towards being a PC — and a PC which heads towards being a TV, and you get this sort of TV/PC thing.”
Graff thinks future AIOs will be able to flip on their edge, turning them into “tabletops” for gaming with up to four people. That's in addition to their TV functionality.
That should more like a Super iPad Pro than a Mac, and I’m not holding my breath for it. However, I'm still holding out a sliver of hope that I'll get my "iMac TV" at some point, especially if/when Apple announces a streaming video service. Sure, you can accomplish this with products from companies such as Elgato, but an Apple solution would be less cumbersome and more elegant.
Especially if Apple beefed up the iMac's built-in speakers and perhaps added an option for an external subwoofer. (Hey, Lenovo’s Yoga has stereo speakers with Dolby Home Theater, so why not?)