Apple said to be working with Corning, Foxconn and others to build iTV

By , Aug 16, 2013

iTV mockup (Martin Hajek 002)

Apple is in the early stages of building its long-rumored television set, working with glassmaker Corning, Foxconn, G-Tech Optoelectronics, Foxconn, and Innolux, according to a new report out of Taiwan this morning.

Citing supply chain sources, the outlet says that the companies all met two weeks ago in the US to discuss the production of Apple’s so-called iTV. The set will come in 55″ and 60″ models, and be available early next year…

From Economic Daily News (via MacRumors):

“According to sources in the industry, Apple, Corning, Foxconn, and G-Tech Optoelectronics met two weeks ago in US to discuss the production of iTV. Foxconn is seeking for knowledge transfer of Gorilla Glass from Corning to GTOC, so GTOC can perform surface treatments needed for iTV manufacturing.

iTV is scheduled for release during the first half of 2014. 55″ and 60″ models will be released first, and will incorporate panels from Sakai City, Japan. Due to the weakening relationship between Foxconn and Sharp, Foxconn may eventually turn to Innolux to fulfill the large quantity of display panels needed for iTV orders.”

Economic Daily News has had a mixed track record in predicting Apple’s future product plans. But it did correctly name 2 iPad mini display suppliers in advance, so it does appear to have solid sources in the panel industry.

Rumors of an Apple-branded television have been bouncing around for years now, with the latest chatter suggesting that the company is in talks with LG Display and other panel suppliers in search of 4K Ultra HD screens.

But there’s also been talk of Apple forgoing a TV set in favor of an advanced set-top box. Earlier today, a report surfaced claiming that it could be looking to make a TV-related announcement as early as November this year.

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  • Boss

    Bet it’s gonna cost like $4,000

    • Dany Quirion

      1500-2000

      • Mohammad Ridwan

        You underestimated Apple. Never underestimate Apple.

    • Chliii

      If its a 4k tv it will be more like $8000

  • At

    They would be shooting for $999 and $1299 from what I read a while ago. I’m guessing at $1199 for the 55″ and $1490 for the 60″. They want to make them as affordable as possible to get them into as many living rooms as possible. Coming into making tv’s this late in the game will be hard.

  • Gorgonphone

    this is boring news

    • Zero

      Then why you comment?

  • @dongiuj

    Hope they do call it “iTV” and then I hope iTV sues apple for every penny they make on it.

    • iNfinite

      Hahaha I was actually thinking the same thing. the name iTV is already taken. Well we’ll see how this pans out.

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    Do we really need an overpriced TV set from Apple ? No.
    We need a Apple TV (digital media receiver) With A7X processor with an Apple TV app store….

    • DaLsim

      What Crapple need is an apps store for CrappleTv…