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All the rage - well, among PC makers, if not consumers - in the early 1990s, the PC TV is set to make a comeback, courtesy of Apple.

Enter Brian Blair of US financial services company Wedge Partners, who told investors this week that Apple's next iMac will be a "slimmer all-in-one PC with TV capabilities", BGR reports.

Blair believes the iMac will also use Siri tech from the iPhone 4S to control the machine's TV functionality.

Quite what the iMac's TV capability will be remains unclear. Apple hasn't offered a Mac with a built-in tuner, IIRC, since the the Performa range of the early 1990s and 1993's short-lived Mac TV.

Apple has long been believed to want punters downloading TV shows from iTunes, and the company has never tried to alter that perception.

So the new iMac could see the addition of the Apple TV interface, and old version of which, called Front Row, was dropped from Mac OS X with the release of (toothless) Lion.

But, since Apple is also believed to be working on a TV of its own, perhaps the company sees the iMac as proving ground for the tuner tech, the UI and the software to tie them all together that it will need to get completely right before the telly ships. ®

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