"'I'd like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use,' he told me. 'It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud.' No longer would users have to fiddle with complex remotes for DVD players and cable channels. 'It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it.'"
This is an excerpt from Walter Isaacson's biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. In it, Jobs makes the briefest of mentions to the mythical television set that has been rumored to be on the precipice of release for years now. And giving it the stratospheric hype that only the CEO of Apple could give, Jobs claims he's "cracked" the code to an unbelievably simple way in which users can operate an integrated TV.
However, it would seem that Google has now cracked that code before Cupertino could make good on that promise.