Foxconn Testing Apple TVs

  • Might work with other Japanese or Taiwanese manufacturers
  • Aiming for the modest-size TV crowd
  • Consumer production is unlikely for 2012

Apple TVs of a particular size seem to be the main focus in Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., a.k.a.

  • Might work with other Japanese or Taiwanese manufacturers
  • Aiming for the modest-size TV crowd
  • Consumer production is unlikely for 2012

Apple TVs of a particular size seem to be the main focus in Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., a.k.a. Foxconn, at the moment, as reports that the manufacturer is testing 46" – 55" TVs surface.

Initial tests for the television sets are said to be underway. Apple's sets is also in need flat panels ranging from 46 inches and 55 inches, giving away what sizes the Apple TVs would most likely come in. This size range means Foxconn won't need Sharp to be its exclusive supplier, instead working with other Japanese or Taiwanese manufacturers.

According to reports, Foxconn won't partner with Sharp because an LCD factory run by Sharp focuses on building 60-inch panels instead.

Earlier reports indicated Apple's iTV would come in three sizes, including 32- and 55-inch models. With a 46er, Apple is definitely aiming for the modest-size TV crowd. That's definitely a more practical angle than aiming for huge high-def televisions we're going to see hit the market next year, such as Samsung's 85-inch 4K UHD and Westinghouse's 110-inch monster.

Consumer production is unlikely for 2012, though some Apple TV-related products could show up at CES 2013 next month. Despite being in the testing phase, it is likely to be many months before iTVs will be available to consumers.

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