Testing for 46" - 55" Apple TVs reportedly underway at Foxconn
19th Dec 2012 | 19:56
We'll believe it when we see it
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., a.k.a. Foxconn, is reportedly in the process of testing Apple TVs of a particular size.
However, a source speaking with the publication said that Apple's sets need flat panels ranging from 46 inches and 55 inches, giving us a solid clue on sizes for Cupertino's living room foray.
According to Focus Taiwan, this size range means Foxconn won't need Sharp to be its exclusive supplier, instead working with other Japanese or Taiwanese manufacturers.
Although it doesn't make an explicit connection, the publication seems to imply 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. Throw in a 46er and it looks like Apple is aiming for the modest-size TV crowd.
Consumer production isn't in the cards for 2012, Focus Taiwan's source said, but some Apple TV-related products could show up at CES 2013 next month, though we won't hold our breath for that.
Focus Taiwan's source indicated Apple-branded TV shipments, when it the project launches, "could be huge."
Although testing almost always leads to production, it still sounds like an iTV is many months from being ready to accept customer orders, so for now, it's really just a waiting game.