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Apple Expected to Release Ultra HD iTV By The End of 2013

One of the persistent rumors about Apple nowadays is that the company is allegedly developing its own television. Even Apple CEO Tim Cook chimed in that the HDTV is next on their list. According to a new report, Apple is working on an Ultra HD capable TV, complete with all sorts of bells and whistles most modern TVs have.

iTV Concept Design

According to a new report by Taiwan-based IT insider DigiTimes, the Cupertino company is reportedly on the process of developing a TV unit, which will be called the iTV. This iTV will support Ultra HD resolutions (3840×2160), complete with voice, motion control functions and Internet connectivity. As you might expect, the source of this particular info is the industry's supply chain sources. While there have been ongoing talks between Apple and Foxconn, it is still undecided which company will make the TV's ultra high definition panels.

The sources said that Apple and Foxconn Electronics have been in discussions for quite some time in terms of the TV's mass production schedule, but that Apple has been considering where panel supply for the TV will come from, as Ultra HD TV panel makers, most of whom are based in Taiwan, are expected to be producing at nearly full capacity in 2013 in order to meet demand from China-based TV vendors.

Although there are panel makers in Apple's supply chain that are capable of producing Ultra HD TV panels for the iTV, they are expected to allocate most of the production to the fruit company's mobile devices, like the iPhone, iPad and the iPad mini. According to the sources, it is believed that ultra-mobile devices is bound to be very popular this year. The option that would make sense for Apple, at this time, is to go with LG Display for the panel product of the iTV.

However, the sources added Apple is banking on LG Display to be able to mass produce Ultra HD TV panels by the second half of the year. If LG is successful and has ample supply of the technology, Apple may try to release the TV by the end of 2013 but is more likely to do so towards the beginning of 2014.

At this point, many people won't be surprised if Apple indeed plunge into the HDTV market. However, the life cycle of HDTVs are far longer than a smartphone or tablet. For this reason, many folks believe that it would make more sense for Apple to release a set top box instead. [via iJailbreak]

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