Foxconn Reportedly Testing Designs for 46-55 Inch Apple Television Sets

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Taiwan's Central News Agency reports (via Patently Apple) that Apple's manufacturing partner Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision, is currently working with Apple to test several designs for an Apple television set in the range of 46-55 inches.
    The source claims that Apple may be looking to show off its new television products at CES next month in Las Vegas, but that seems difficult to believe given Apple's penchant for avoiding trade shows and for holding its own media events to introduce its products as close as possible to launch. With the report apparently claiming that Apple's television sets are unlikely to launch in 2013 and other recent claims that Apple's television projects are being slowed by difficult content negotiations, there would be little chance of Apple showing off anything at CES.

    The report notes that using displays in the claimed range of 46-55 inches gives Apple flexibility in deciding on one or more vendors to supply LCD panels for the television sets. Foxconn has worked closely with Sharp and has made an investment in a Sharp LCD factory, but the report's source indicates that it is unlikely that Sharp panels will be used in the Apple television set.

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  2. macrumors 68020

    May 20, 2011
    Maybe Cook will bring Apple back to trade shows
  3. macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2009
    North Carolina
    I find it interesting that they are discussing 46" and higher....even larger than I would have expected. Could be very interesting for the market...but I seriously doubt that there would be anything at CES this year.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 24, 2011
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2008
    Rockland/Manhattan/Bay Area
    I'm guessing this well set the benchmark price of $2,000
  6. macrumors 6502


    Jan 9, 2008
    Boston, MA
    I love Apple products, but I don't see myself ever buying an Apple-branded TV. I'll stick with my Sony/Samsung with an external box (i.e. Apple TV).
  7. macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2006
    apple tv would be a game changer! would buy one in an instant, especially since i'm holding out on purchasing a new tv and sticking with ym old 37" for now!

    really thought one would be out for next year's holidays, but apparently not.
  8. macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
    Hopefully lots of leaked photos headed our way soon.
  9. macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2006
    i would bet a 55" apple tv would run about $4900.

    and i'll still buy it. (damn you apple!)
  10. macrumors 68020

    Apr 2, 2008
    I'm no insider/analyst, but they will NOT be at CES. Not Apple's style. Too early.

    Everyone is so quick to say you won't buy an Apple TV, but wait until they reveal it. Guarantee everyone's story will change. TV Set w/ set top box built it or solely a standalone set top box.
  11. macrumors 6502


    Mar 17, 2006
    Aiken, SC
    At the end of every single year, we see a rumor that the TV is 2 years out... I guess they'll be right eventually.
  12. macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2007
    It'd have to justify itself for me to buy it. I'm happy with my current TV and Apple TV, but 99% of the TV I watch is on demand.

    If they get the content right, sleek interface with Siri, along with integration into my Sky package somehow, I might just buy it.
  13. macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2010
    Why would you replace your phone with an iPhone in 2007? If Apple can't make something better, theoretically they wouldn't get involved.
  14. macrumors 65816


    Feb 22, 2003
    Washington, DC
    I'll be happy if they top out at 55 inch. That way I won't be interested in getting one and can save some coin. I'm worried they'll hit 60 and get into my range.

    It's really touches on why I never thought they'd gt into the TV market. Too many people have too wide a range on needs. Pulse, even only a few 55 inch sets in the back will tax their storage in store. Maybe they'll be on display at the stores, but online only, at least for the big ones.

    I only hope they don't do anything an Apple TV does.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2008
    It's sure to be thinner which will make it easier to carry from its storage case in the closet to the TV stand every time you want to watch "Breaking Bad".
  16. macrumors 65816


    May 10, 2012
    What a great marketing idea... so Apple releases the 55" with the A5 processor regular screen, then 3 months later releases it with a A6 processor with Retina Display making everyone TV obsolete..

    I would love to see a Apple TV with Retina display..
  17. macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2009
    I'd need something at least 58" in size. I can't see downsizing.
  18. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2011
    Apple showing off a TV set at CES? Haha.....haven't laughed this hard in a while....
  19. macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2012
    Some news is better than NO news... Although i really wish that they could release an Apple TV ASAP!!!

    Also, just because an actual television is 1+year(s) away, doesn't mean that Apple couldn't introduce an entertainment package brought to the masses via the apple tv set top box!!

    I give this update a 4-Apple's rating.

  20. macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2010
    (Note: Just imagining; this isn't a projection.)

    Imagine a 4k TV for the price of a high-end "Full" HDTV...
  21. macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2008
    As others have said, Apple doesn't do CES. Why get lost in the noise of that crowd when you can get global news coverage for a standalone event?

    I'm most interested in two aspects of the purported Apple television:
    1. What does it bring to the table beyond what a run-of-the-mill TV will give?
    2. How will Apple achieve their usual margins without pricing themselves out of the market?

    It's too obvious to say that it could be a TV with integrated Apple TV functionality, because there is no way to add the functionality of a $99 set top box to a normal TV and get decent margins. It has to be more than that. I'm leaving it to the brains in Sunnyvale to come up with something that we didn't know we needed in a television.

    The other question, of course, is the name of the device. The name iTV is already taken, and Apple TV is already in use for a different product. How about the Holodeck? :D
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2003
    I'm betting that an Apple TV will have a front facing camera on it.

    A telepresence feature would need a sensor (camera) to detect when someone is in the room in order to perform some programmed action such as turn the TV on from standby mode, increase or decrease volume, etc.

    And as has been Apple's recent practice, this camera would NOT have any sort of warning light to let you know that it was on.

    iMacs have a green warning light telling you when the camera is on and active. But none of the iPods, iPads, iPhones have any such warning light.

    Why is that???

    And there is no hardware control to turn off the camera either. Creepy.

    Check out this link:

    Smart TVs can spy on their owners
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2010
    nobody said you HAVE to replace your TV.
  24. macrumors 68030

    Mr. McMac

    Dec 21, 2009
    Long Island, NY
    Whatever it ends up being, it's going to be overpriced and probably no better than a Samsung or Sony for much less money. No thanks
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2010
    unless you jailbroken your iphone/ipad/ipod the camera is off the second you closed the app that uses the camera.

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