Moreover, Icahn still thinks there will be an Apple TV. “I read
the article,” Icahn said, “not what Tim Cook said or didn’t say,
but the whole thing is ridiculous … I’m not backtracking in
anyway. I believe they will do a TV. That’s my belief.”
One way to read it is that Apple gave Wakabayashi this scoop in order to throw cold water on Icahn’s speculation — they’re not doing a TV set and they want everyone to know it, so that when they announce a new Apple TV box at WWDC next month (I know nothing about that other than that it’s widely rumored) everyone will understand that there is no TV set coming next year to wait for.