Rumors regarding a future Apple Television set came last December when The Wall Street Journal released a report, stating that Apple and Foxconn have been testing prototypes, but, at that time, a source noted that the effort was still in the early stages and was not yet a “formal project” for Apple.
According to the latest rumors, Apples is preparing to launch a TV with a screen resolution that appears to be in accordance with the 4K UHD standard, alternatively known as Ultra HD. This new Apple device is anticipated to be released by the end of 2013.
The sources asserted that the future Apple TV, which is rumored to be named iTV, will sport a 3,840-by-2,160 pixel display, voice and motion controls and internet connectivity. Therefore, the iTV is supposed to fall under the guidelines of the 4K UHD standard of 2160p, which boasts four times the pixel count of a 1080p HDTV.
Regarding the production of the iTV, a big number of panel makers in Apple’s supply chain that may have the ability to produce Ultra HD TV panels, are anticipated to designate an essential part of their panel production to the company’s iPhone, iPad and iPad mini products, instead of the iTV, as ultra-mobile devices are awaited to be extremely popular in the market during 2013.
Furthermore, according to the latest rumors, it seems that Apple and Foxconn Electronics have been in discussions for quite some time in terms of the TV’s mass production schedule. However, the company decided to be cautious and wait for a reliable panel supplier.
Unfortunately, the majority of the companies able to build the high-resolution displays seem to be already at almost full capacity in 2013 in order to perfectly satisfy the demands that are coming from the Chinese vendors. Nevertheless, Apple seems to have the intention to have its iTV produced by LG Display. This is a well-known Korea-based display maker which is believed to be able to mass produce Ultra HD TV panels by the second half of 2013.
However, as stated above, although the manufacturing companies are unconditionally capable of producing panels for a standalone television their focus is planned to be on fabricating components for the iPhone, iPad and iPad mini. Therefore, even though the anticipated 4K iTV could be launched by the end of this year, the sources say that it is more likely to happen in early 2014.