October 22, 2013
Will Apple Release A 65-Inch Television Next Year?
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
Bloomberg News is predicting Apple will release a 65-inch television next year, opening the door back up to a rumor that has been floating around for years.
Mariko Yasu wrote Apple would be selling ultra-high definition televisions during the fourth-quarter of next year in sizes 55-inch and 65-inch. Masahiko Ishino, a Tokyo-based analyst at Advanced Research Japan Co, said Apple is deciding on specifications right now.
According to the report, the televisions would feature a frameless design, as well as parts made by LG Display, Samsung and Corning. The televisions would be priced at $1,500 to $2,500. LG Display would be supplying more than 70 percent of the liquid-crystal displays, while Samsung makes the graphic processing units.
Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, told his biographer before he died he had "finally cracked" how to build a TV with a simple user interface that would synchronize content with Apple's other devices.
This is not the first report claiming Apple is getting ready to produce its own television. The Wall Street Journal reported last December that executives at some of Apple's suppliers had said the company has been testing designs for a large-screen, high-definition set. The Journal claimed Apple is working with component suppliers in Asia to test several designs for television sets, quoting "people familiar with the situation" at Hon Hai Precision Industry.
Taiwan's Economic Daily said back in August this year that Apple is in the development stages of its so-called 'iTV.' The report also said the company is partnering with Foxconn and display maker Innolux. This news source predicted Apple would be launching a television with Corning glass by early 2014 with 55-inch and 60-inch displays.
The Apple rumor mill has almost seemed more like a wish list than a real account over the past few years. However, the idea of an Apple television has survived the test of time, and even current CEO Tim Cook acknowledged it at the D11: All Things Digital conference back in May.
"I don't want to go into detail, but it continues to be an area of great interest for us. The product and relationships we've built provide a lot more knowledge than we would have otherwise. And popularity has been larger than we thought, and we aren't marketing it," Cook said during an interview at the conference.
Apple already has shown its interest in the television market with its Apple TV. This device has sold to over 13 million customers, bringing content like Netflix, HBO GO, MLB TV and Hulu to televisions that may not already have apps built in. An Apple TV is also able to stream video from a laptop or iOS device to a television.