Apple and Foxconn reportedly testing various HDTV designs

Fri, Jan 4, 2013

News, Rumors

With CES just a few days away, we are undoubtedly in store for a number of interesting new TVs. And for as much as the Apple faithful likes to poke fun at Samsung, it’s hard to deny that they simply make the best HDTVs money can buy.

Of course, rumors have been circulating for years now that Apple is looking to get into the TV business and revolutionize the way we view and access media content. Adding to those rumors is a recent report via the Taiwan-based Central News Agency which notes that Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn is currently working closely with Apple on a number of different HDTV designs that range in size from 46 to 55 inches.

Hon Hai, the world’s largest contract electronics maker, has declined to respond to the reports, saying that it never comments on specific business deals with any single client.

However, the Hon Hai source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the initial phase of tests on the TVs has kicked off.

Nevertheless, the source said it is unlikely that shipments of the appliances will begin as soon as the end of next year.

Notably, the report goes on to state that Apple may showcase its new HDTVs at CES 2013, which essentially calls the entire report into question. I mean, Apple stopped showing up at Macworld so that they can announce products at their own discretion. Apple showing up at CES this year? Not bloody likely.

Lastly, whether we see an Apple HDTV in 2013 or not, it’s clear that the area remains of particular interest to Apple. Apple CEO Tim Cook said as much during an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams this past December. ”It’s an area of intense interest. I can’t say more than that,” Cook said in response to a question from Williams.

via Focus Taiwan

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