According to Sina, a Chinese language newspaper, Apple manufacturer Foxconn has received an order for a pilot production of a fully-fledged Apple TV set. The report is attributed to “informed sources,” which Sina builds on with current rumors and speculation from industry analysts.
The report incorporates a prediction from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, who predicts Apple will announce a full Apple TV set in December, for sale in early 2013. Munster predicts Apple’s TV will be sized between 42 and 55 inches, include AirPlay functionality, and retail between $1500-2000.
Since I’m relying on Google for this translation, some of the details of the report are veiled by machine-translation gibberish. Try understanding: “Apple TV panel technology is understood that both the LCD or the OLED.” I can’t make heads or tails out of it. Up to now, Apple has favored the color accuracy and wide viewing angles of IPS LCD display technology over brighter OLED screens, and I would be surprised if they switched to OLED for an upcoming product.
Earlier this month, a source for Cult Of Mac claimed to have seen an Apple HDTV prototype. The prototype reportedly looked like an overgrown Thunderbolt Display monitor with embedded Siri and FaceTime. Many of the features are consistent with Gene Munster’s speculation, although FaceTime was not mentioned.
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