Apple's new television rumoured
to come with "iRing" controller

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Apple's new television to come with "iRing" controller

News: the highly anticipated Apple television is set to launch later this year and will be operated with a digital "iRing" worn on the finger, according to an industry insider.

Top image: an independent concept for an iRing, designed by Victor Sot in 2007

After meeting with Apple suppliers in China and Taiwan, analyst Brian White told AppleInsider magazine that he expects a product promising to "revolutionise the TV experience forever" to be officially launched later this year.

The ring-shaped accessory is thought to operate as a "navigation pointer", taking on some of the functionality of a standard remote control and featuring integrated motion detection. White also thinks it will be accompanied by a small iPad-sized screen, which will combine security, telephone and video-conferencing functions.

The news follows earlier rumours that Apple is developing a smart-watch, dubbed the "iWatch", which would work in conjunction with an iPhone.

Other wearable technologies have also been crowding the news recently, with the relaunch of the UP wristband and the mounting anticipation for the Google Glass headset. In last week's column, Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs wrote how wearable technology is set to "transform our understanding of ourselves" and "make us better, healthier people".

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  • aleks

    iHOPENOT

    • Emma

      “I do”

  • kaptkrunch

    I thought this was April fools until I saw the date.

    • munchbunch

      Apple fools.

  • Christina

    No way, that’s never ever an Apple design.

    • Bruce Lee

      Yeah it says that in the text. These articles also have words.

  • Bern

    My question is, why would you want to wear a ring with a little Apple logo on it? I like the concept but in terms of product design this still needs work.

  • jmt

    This is possibly the dumbest rumour I have ever seen. There is no way Apple would make a ring, they would need to make different sizes based on finger thickness. Guess it’s still April Fools’ on Dezeen.

  • Alex

    As with mobile, Apple lagging behind competition. I can already point at my Samsung TV and use MY FINGER as a pointer, without need for dumb wearable-tech-trend.

  • jmt

    This is the absolute dumbest thing I have ever seen. Got to love how gullible journalists are.

  • http://cargocollective.com/jamesrhance JamesH

    The ergonomics of such a ring would be problematic for the variability in finger girth.

    • Tom

      Over complicating sentences makes it seem like you’re trying to make up for something?

      You’re right though, it would be a pain.

  • djayaputra

    I hope when I use the ring, I don’t need to say this to make it work:

    “In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil’s might, beware my power… Green Lantern’s light!“

    LOL!

  • Damian

    Top image: concept iRing design by Victor Soto, 2007 (for those complaining about the actual design of the ring at the top).

  • Sam

    How many people lose a TV control down the sofa? Anyone seen my TV ring? This has to be a joke.

  • douglas

    A ring is symbolic – you could wear it on your wedding finger?

    An encroachment into an area of adornment usually reserved for emotional symbolism. Somewhat sinister.

  • alex

    Does writing reveal itself with fire?

  • Rob Joyce

    Who says that it has to be worn on your finger? ;-)

  • http://www.zazous.co.uk/ Kate Austin

    Will we have to wear a tag as well? Of maybe they can just insert a chip under my skin. Creepy!

  • Yo Mamma

    My precious.

    Wow, they hired someone from the nineties to design it.

  • http://www.jamiejoseffry.com jamie josef fry

    This is like when people started conceptualising wireless bluetooth headphones. You are just going to loose this bad boy! Or smash it, drown it, crush it. I imagine the Apple version is going to be some kind of awesomeness but I would lose it straight away.

  • michal janak

    So Dezeen is a Mac rumour site now? I just wonder why this rumour exactly, because there are five like this every week on any Apple fansite.

    It’s not even a good design, and a little way dated.

  • Chris

    One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

  • icepam

    What happens if you forget the ring is on and leave the house? Can your mom watch TV then?

  • http://www.geraldpeake.com Gerald Peake

    I already wear iUnderpants. Will there be any conflict?