Even as Apple prepared to unveil its latest iPads on Tuesday, the Cupertino-based company is planning to produce ultra-high definition televisions with a frameless design and screens up to 65 inches late next year.
Masahiko Ishino, a Tokyo-based analyst at Advanced Research Japan Co. who tracks developments in the consumer-electronics industry, declined to tell Bloomberg who provided him with his information on Apple’s plans. But Ishino said the ultra-high definition sets likely will have 55- and 65-inch screens and will begin selling during the fourth quarter of 2014, according to Bloomberg, which reported that Apple is still deciding on specifications.
Apple had no comment.
Ishino told Bloomberg that Apple’s TVs could be priced at about $1,500 to $2,500.
Suppliers could include LG Display Co. (which would provide more than 70 percent of the liquid-crystal displays), Samsung Electronics Co. (graphic processing units) and Corning Inc. (which would use its Gorilla Glass 3 for the cover), Ishino said.
Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group probably would do the assembly, Ishino said.
Here’s columnist Mike Cassidy’s take in May about Apple’s television plans after Foxconn got involved.
Earlier this year, Samsung and LG Electronics Inc. released 65- and 55-inch ultra-high definition TVs, in part, to increase demand and push back against Chinese and Japanese manufacturers.
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