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Sony’s (SNE) $25,000 84-inch Ultra HDTV with 4K resolution might soon look puny compared to flatscreens that have even larger displays, according to a DigiTimes report. The report claims Foxconn could build 70-inch, 80-inch and even 130-inch panels with Ultra HD resolution in them. As a major investor in Chimei Innolux (CMI), Taiwan’s largest LCD maker, Foxconn’s goal is to build panels in sizes that don’t interfere with CMI’s max 65-inch Ultra HDTVs in 2013. Although Foxconn CEO Terry Gou backpedaled on a statement his company was building Apple’s (AAPL) iTV, it wouldn’t shock us if the Cupertino-based company is involved, given all the rumors around it working on a Siri-powered TV.
We do not expect Apple to announce the high definition television it is widely rumored to be working on during the annual Worldwide Developer Conference later today, however the Cupertino-based company could begin to lay the groundwork for the device. BGR reported last month that Apple may demonstrate a new version of its TV operating system during its WWDC keynote, and the company is expected to finally allow third-party developers and manufacturers to develop solutions for its Apple TV set-top box. Such a move could be made in part to ensure that a variety of third-party apps are available ahead of its HDTV launch. Various details surrounding the rumored “iTV” have been reported by a dozen or more sources over the past few months, and now some new purported details have emerged from Taipei. More →
Rumors surrounding Apple’s entrance into the television market continue to gain steam, and a recent report suggests that Apple plans to unveil its debut HDTV next week at the annual Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco. In a note to clients on Wednesday, Jefferies & Company analyst Peter Misek wrote that Apple may surprise show goers next week by pulling back the curtain on its television set. The analyst also claims that companies including AT&T, Verizon, Rogers, Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom are already testing Apple’s HDTV in their labs. BGR reported late last month that Apple may unveil a new TV user interface tied to its Apple TV set-top box at WWDC, however a physical TV announcement was not expected by our source. More →
Apple’s Chinese manufacturing partner Foxconn has reportedly begun accepting orders to build an Apple TV set, according to Chinese news website Sina. The publication’s sources claim the long rumored iTV is currently in the “trial production stage,” however more details were not given. Earlier this month Foxconn’s CEO denied that his company would soon begin manufacturing a television for Apple. It has long been rumored that the Cupertino-based company was looking to enter the TV market with an HDTV that will reportedly look much like the company’s current LED Cinema Display. The device is said to feature an aluminum casing, iOS, Siri voice controls and an iSight camera for FaceTime video chats. Earlier reports claim that the device would debut later this year, however some reports peg it to launch in 2014. More →
Both Samsung and Sony, two of the world’s largest television makers, have begun enforcing minimum prices on their HDTV sets, in an effort to preserve profit margins, The Wall Street Journal reported. The plan could also protect retail chains such as Best Buy and Target from being undercut by online merchants such as Amazon. The new policy prevents U.S. retailers from advertising or selling televisions in stores or online for less than a certain price set by the manufacturers. The move comes after HDTV prices have fallen over the past three years, from an average of $644 in 2009 to $545 last year, representing a 15% decline. Samsung and Sony are taking a major risk and could lose sales to rivals LG, Panasonic and Sharp, which are still willing to let retailers offer deep discount on their sets. More →
Despite a slew of rumors and speculation that Apple plans to enter the TV business, analysts are beginning to back away from the idea of an “iTV,” Fortune reported. Richard Gardner, formerly of Citigroup, warned in December that “Apple has not even defined specs yet.” Barclays’ Ben Reitzes in February suggested that Apple was focused more on lining up content partnerships than on the production of a full-fledged television set. And now, Analyst Andy Hargreaves of Pacific Crest called the idea “a terrible use of retail space.” More →
Foxconn Technology Group founder and chief executive Terry Gou has reportedly gone on record in stating that his company will soon begin manufacturing a television for Apple. Production has not yet begun, China Daily reports, and the electronics manufacturing giant is currently preparing its facilities for Apple’s HDTV. The site claims Gou made the comments during a press conference in Shanghai on Friday. Apple’s long rumored HDTV, or “iTV” as it is often called, will reportedly look much like the company’s current LED Cinema Display. It is said to feature an aluminum casing, iOS, voice-powered remote control features courtesy of Siri, and an iSight camera for FaceTime video chats. Earlier reports claim that the device will debut later this year, though another recent report suggests that it might not launch until 2014.
UPDATE: Foxconn denied the report in a statement given to The Next Web. “Any reports that Foxconn confirmed that it is preparing to produce a specific product for any customer are not accurate,” a spokesperson for the company said. More →
Samsung on Thursday announced plans to launch its new flat-panel OLED TVs during the second half of this year, according to The Washington Post. OLED technology is still new and therefor very expensive. The company’s high-end 55-inch OLED TV will be priced double Samsung’s current offerings, costing more than $9,000 when it launches in South Korea. The technology provides users with improved picture quality and deeper color saturation with high contrast. OLED technology also allows vendors to develop thinner and lighter TVs, and Samsung believes it will take two to three year before it becomes an industry standard. The South Korean electronics giant previously announced that it would showcase its 55-inch OLED HDTV at Berlin’s IFA trade show in late August after first showing it off at CES in January. More →
Apple’s upcoming high-definition television is real, and it will reportedly feature an aluminum construction, Siri, FaceTime video calling and more. An anonymous source speaking with Cult of Mac claims to have seen a prototype of Apple’s upcoming “iTV” in action, and a number of details have been reinforced as a result. “It resembled an Apple monitor, only much larger,” the unnamed source told the site, referring to the aluminum LED Cinema Displays Apple currently sells alongside its Mac computers. Cult of Mac, which has revealed accurate details surrounding unannounced Apple products in the past, also reports that the HDTV will feature Siri, Apple’s sophisticated voice recognition software, and an iSight camera for FaceTime video calling. Many expect Apple to launch its debut television later this year, though a recent report suggests that it may not hit the market until 2014. More →
Rumors surrounding the imminent launch of an Apple-branded HDTV have been swirling for the better part of a year, and while some industry watchers expect the “iTV” to launch as early as this summer, one analyst suggests that we’re still more than a year away from seeing Apple launch an iOS-powered television. JP Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz said on Thursday that his firm does not believe Apple will release an HDTV in the near future. More →
Samsung managed to top its pre-announced earnings when it reported results for the first calendar quarter of 2012 on Friday morning. The company reported a record operating profit of 5.85 trillion Korean won, up 98%, and a consolidated net profit of $5.05 trillion won, up 82% over the same quarter last year. Revenue came in at 45.27 trillion won, beating expectations. TV and semiconductor sales were down in the quarter, but any potential impact was offset by strong sales of high-margin display panels and mobile phones. Samsung’s mobile sales grew 86% over the year-ago quarter to 18.9 trillion won, and the company’s combined operating profit margin climbed 1.7 points to 12.9%. Samsung’s full press release follows below. More →
Apple’s upcoming entry into the high-definition television space is set to blow the high end of the TV market wide open while current market players continue their struggles to compete on price. Market research firm KAE along with online polling company Toluna recently conducted a survey and determined that 25% of consumers in the United States would purchase a physical Apple television set if the Cupertino-based company launches one. Beyond early consumer interest, however, current TV industry players may have left a gaping hole that will bring Apple billions when it fills the void. More →