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Rumor: Apple iTV coming late 2012, Samsung & Sharp supplying components

Posted at 29 December 2011 00:00 CEST by Justin_Massoud

Apple’s push into the smart TV business is picking up steam. According to a new report, the company is fielding orders from several key bidders looking to place their components inside the fabled iTV.

DigiTimes said on Wednesday that its myriad sources are at odds over which companies will actually land the mammoth contract. It revealed that while certain insiders believe Samsung will provide chips and Sharp would handle the product’s screen, others aren’t so sure. Some told the IT news site that manufacturing outfits Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Advanced Semiconductor Engineering and Siliconware Precision Industries could receive chip contracts.

Their sources also said Foxconn Electronics is a shoe-in for iTV assembler and could receive build orders by summer 2012, paving the way for a holiday launch. The Chinese company was previously tapped by Apple to manufacture its iPad and iPhone.

Apple’s foray into entertaining customers in the living room started with Apple TV, its streaming media player. It’s unclear how the device will fare when the company’s full-featured smart TV hits the market. So far, the set-top box has gobbled up market share, selling over four million units in 2011.

One fact that may continue to work in its favor is a $99 entry point. Apple’s iTV will undeniably dwarf that number. But if consumers have demonstrated anything in recent years, it’s that their wallets are bottomless when it comes to Apple’s ubiquitous products. (via Gigaom)

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There are 3 comments

debro
Blown to smitherines
Posted on: 29 Dec 11 00:54
    Now, the question is: has apple patented every possible shape variation of a television set in order to block access of all competitors products into various markets. Somehow I think yes.....

    Next week: Sale of samsung TVs blocked by apple in eurozone. Panasonic/sony/toshiba/LG in the firing line.
    olddancer
    MyCE Senior Member
    Posted on: 31 Dec 11 00:57
      Quote:
      Originally Posted by debro
      Now, the question is: has apple patented every possible shape variation of a television set in order to block access of all competitors products into various markets. Somehow I think yes.....

      Next week: Sale of samsung TVs blocked by apple in eurozone. Panasonic/sony/toshiba/LG in the firing line.
      I think I'm still safe with my 1956 RCA 7" Round Tube TV in living balck and white, Steve Jobbs was only one year old at the time.

      As for the merrits of iTV, wonder how many iJunkies out there are willing and eager to fork out $999.99 for a $499.00 TV.
      debro
      Blown to smitherines
      Posted on: 31 Dec 11 01:16
        Quote:
        Originally Posted by olddancer
        I think I'm still safe with my 1956 RCA 7" Round Tube TV in living balck and white, Steve Jobbs was only one year old at the time.

        As for the merrits of iTV, wonder how many iJunkies out there are willing and eager to fork out $999.99 for a $499.00 TV.
        I suspect that it's blatantly obvious to all iDiots that all TV's (even dating back to the 1960's) are cheap rip-offs of the $999 iTV, and companies that released those models should be sued into oblivion for their obvious copying of the iTV (yet to be released). Everything Apple does is a World First, Totally Original. Nothing exists until there is an "i" in front of it.

        The design plans to the iTimeMachine have obviously been stolen and used by rival companies to pre-date their inferior products in a misguided attempt to thwart noble Apples plans to revolutionise the world, educate the masses, and entertain bored housewives the world over.

        Apple is love

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