Apple TV only a 2013 Possibility, says Asian Market Analyst Company

March 29, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Don’t let your hearts be troubled, but this is going to be sad news for the iFanatics. There was a lot of speculation running around the tech news valley that the Apple TV will hit the marketplace this year.

But now, certain analysts who have deeply considered the chances have came out with a conclusion that the reveal may take place in 2013.

CLSA, the well-known Asian entity in brokerage and market analyses, has made a valuable comment on the possibilities surrounding the upcoming Apple TV. Based on the investment patterns of the Asian manufacturing partners related to Apple’s usual upstream supply chains, they argue that Apple TV will come out in 2013 instead.

Hon Hai, which is the parent company of Foxconn -the Chinese entity who is pivotal is bagging Apple manufacturing deals – has been found making investment decisions in favor of  Sharp.

According to the CLSA analysis, the move offers further evidence that Apple TV is still a viable project and when it happens for real, Sharp will be the major supplier of panels for the device.

However, based on the timing of the Hon Hai’s equity stake and its chairman’s 46.5 percent separate investment in Sharp’s Sakai City plant the analyst firm says that the project will bring deeper integration between the companies than just procuring some panels.

They back it up by pointing out that Apple is also planning to cough up roughly $1.3 billion to bolster Sharp’s facilities.

However, with the pace at which things are happening, CLSA believes Apple TV is still only a 2013 event .

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