Apple HDTV to launch in 2013 with display panels from Sharp – Analyst

Wed, Mar 28, 2012

News, Rumors

There are so many analyst notes regarding  Apple’s nwo mythical HDTV that it’s hard to keep up.

The most recent rumor comes in the form of a research note from the Asian research group CLSA which is targeting an Apple HDTV launch for sometime in 2013. CLSA views Foxconn’s investment in Sharp as further evidence that an Apple HDTV is coming and that Sharp will be supplying the display panels.

The research note reads in part:

We continue to view Apple TV hardware as a 2013 event. The timing of Hon Hai/Foxconn’s equity stake and partnership with Sharp along with Hon Hai Chairman Terry Gou’s separate 46.5% investment in Sharp’s Sakai City plant lends further credibility that Apple TV is in the works. This also follows reports that Apple is investing ~$1.3bn in equipment destined for Sharp facilities.

The fact that Hon Hai is investing rather than just procuring panels from Sharp underscores a deeper level of integration which Apple/Hon Hai are accustomed to, increased reliability as Sharp has struggled with iPad3 qualification, and an effort to improve Sharp’s financial position before becoming a more meaningful supplier to Apple.We also believe Corning has an 83% market share at the Sakai facility and would ultimately benefit from improving utilization that is expected to happen over time. Sharp accounted for 10% of Corning’s overall sales and 25% of its display sales in 2011

Most clients agree that a TV is coming; the critical question becomes how the video providers fit into the equation and how apple’s offering would/could differ from current tv’s beyond ios/icloud. Biggest commentary yesterday centered on LG Display as the big loser.

via Business Insider



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