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March 26, 2013

An alleged supply chain leak says Apple is planning a 4K iTV for late 2013 or early 2014

An alleged supply chain leak says Apple is planning a 4K iTV for late 2013 or early 2014

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A year ago, the rumor mill said that Apple may release its mythical iTV by the end of 2012. When that time came, though, the same rumor mill said that content deals had thrown a wrench in the works, delaying the rumored set. So perhaps it’s no surprise that the rumor has reared its head again – now saying that the iTV will release in late 2013 or early 2014.

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According to the sometimes accurate, always entertaining DigiTimes, Apple has been talking with manufacturing partner Foxconn about the TV set. It reportedly wants to use 4K (Ultra HD) display panels in the iTV.

The report says that Apple’s dilemma centers around who will supply the 3,840 x 2,160 panels. It says that established 4K panel makers are already producing at nearly full capacity in 2013 – to keep up with demand from China-based TV makers. It adds that other trusted panel makers who could make Ultra HD displays have their hands full with displays for Apple’s iOS devices.

DigiTimes points to LG Display as Apple’s best hope. If the company can churn out enough displays by the second half of 2013, Tim Cook and company could start shipping the TV in time for the holidays ... though the report claims that early 2014 is probably a more realistic goal.

The report adds that the set would incorporate voice and gesture controls. There was no word on the display's size.

Pricing?

Ultra HD TVs typically cost five figures (Shutterstock)

We have no doubt that Apple would love to launch its long-rumored product with 4K resolution (possibly marketed as a Retina Display). But Ultra HDTVs are still ridiculously expensive.

Unless the Retina iTV were offered alongside a lower-resolution model, this would be a risky move. Would Apple launch a first edition of such an important product at a price point that’s out-of-reach for most customers (4K sets typically ring up for US$20,000 or more)?

As always with Apple rumors, we’d recommend downing a truckload of salt with this one. The source publication's hit-or-miss record only adds to that. Apple will likely one day ship a TV set ... but for now, we'd file this one as an intriguing rumor – and nothing more.

Source: DigiTimes

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Will Shanklin Will Shanklin is Gizmag's Mobile Tech Editor, and has been part of the team since 2012. Will has a Master's degree from U.C. Irvine and a Bachelor's from West Virginia University. He currently lives in New Mexico with his wife, Jessica.
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4 Comments

Apple is good at waiting for the right time to adopt new technologies. You are right to point out 4K TV's are still too expensive.

People aren't going to buy $10,000 iTV's with a user experience that probably wouldn't be all that different than a $100 Apple TV built into an expensive display.

I kind of like what Samsung is doing with their smart TV's now. The "smart" functions are provided by a computer that can be removed from the display and replaced with a newer module so you can upgrade it without tossing out a perfectly working display. This is a trick I wish auto manufacturers would learn with in dash computers.

Maybe what the iTV needs to be is like the Samsung TV with an Apple-compatible or standards based socket. You buy the display from anyone and socket in a pluggable version of the Apple TV and use the Apple remote with it. The result is you have a cordless platform with one remote.

If you want to upgrade the display, the module, or the remote it is all possible. Apple would license the dock specification to the TV manufacturers the same way everyone licenses iPod/iPhone integration for docks now.

Sometimes I think driving truck was the wrong career path for me.

Daishi
27th March, 2013 @ 01:18 am PDT

Existing 40 inch 1920x1080 HDTV is a "Retina Display" when viewed from 5.2 feet or more

Existing 50 inch 1920x1080 HDTV is a "Retina Display" when viewed from 6.5 feet or more

Existing 60 inch 1920x1080 HDTV is a "Retina Display" when viewed from 7.8 feet or more

http://www.displaymate.com/news.html#7

So 4K UHDTVs needs to be larger than 60" to have a visual advantage at normal viewing distance.

joe1946
27th March, 2013 @ 01:00 pm PDT

So they are saying that Apple is going to bring out a tv that has higher rez than any Blueray discs or cable or OTA broadcasts? Why would anyone want to buy that? And why would Apple make a product with such a small audience? This makes no sense at all.

Michaelc
27th March, 2013 @ 10:00 pm PDT

If they use iTV, ITV says that they will sue them.

Seth Kazzim
11th April, 2013 @ 02:58 pm PDT
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