Apple HDTV Production to Start Soon; Suppliers Preparing Materials for Q1 of 2012

December 28, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Apple HDTV has been in the news for some time, and the latest Apple device is rumored to be launched in mid 2012. To add fuel to that spark of rumor, we hear that Apple suppliers are stocking up on materials for iTV production.

The latest reports show that the materials for Apple HDTV will be ready by the first quarter of 2012. That means we might be able to see the iOS powered Smart TV crash into the market between the second and third quarter of the coming year.

Back in 2006, the Cupertino-based company had released the Apple TV set-top box, which is going well in the market now. But, the new Apple HDTV or iTV will reportedly be a full TV set which includes the set-top box, remote assisted by Siri and lot more features.

Meanwhile, the news from Korea reveals that Samsung Electronics had already started the production of iTV chips in November itself. Sharp, the producers of the display panels for Apple HDTV, is rumored to be working on 32- and 37-inch sized ones initially.

Additionally, there are talks of Apple planning to release their next-generation set-top box in 2012. The recent 9 percent price cut of the current Apple TV set-top box in the Amazon stores is pointed out as the reason for this assumption.

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