According to the New York Times Apple is definitely building a television set and will include extensive voice control courtesy of Siri. Executives at Apple knew as far back as 2007 that the company would eventually make a dedicated TV, and the TV can be announced as soon as late 2012 with a consumer release in 2013.
It is the stuff of science fiction. You sit on your couch and rather than fumble with several remotes or use hand gestures, you simply talk: “Put on the last episode of Gossip Girl.” “Play the local news headlines.” “Play some Coldplay music videos.” Siri does the rest.
Of course this experience goes beyond just playing TV shows or the local news. As the line between television programming and Web content continues to erode, a Siri-powered television would become more necessary. You are not going to want to flip through file folders or baskets of content, checking off what you want. Telling Siri to “play videos of cute cats falling asleep” would return an endless YouTube stream of adorable napping fur balls.
According to the source Apple will definitely release this Apple TV, but “still has quite a bit of work to do on the project”, the physical design of the TV in particular.
Source [New York Times]