It looks like Apple has been taking an interesting role as spectator lately, as rivals Samsung kick off 2014 with a series of new television and tablet reveals to engage early consumer interest. It has been a few months since we last spoke about the Apple iTV, but new rumors suggest that production could be set to move over to the US, from China.
We thought that we would see Apple’s iTV towards the end of 2013, but obviously it didn’t happen. Production problems could have been a good reason for that, as we have learned this week in relation to Apple’s efforts and desire to shift production back to their home country.
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An article published by the Wall Street Journal recently confirms that Apple partner Foxconn are planning to open a new plant in the US. This plant is specifically going to be used to manufacture ‘advanced displays’, so put two and two together and it looks like we may now start to see some action with Apple’s missing TV.
What is even more interesting, is that Terry Gou, chairman of Foxconn has added that one of their main duties in this new US factory would be to produce ‘liquid display screens larger than 60-inches’. He also lamented the fact about the difficulty in shipping large display screens from China over to the US.
It all seems to merge together nicely, don’t you think? We knew that Apple was strongly preparing an iTV launch, so could we finally see it towards the end of 2014?
Although we are weary of potential price points for an Apple TV in excess of 60-inches, there’s no doubt that the prospect of such a TV sounds exciting – especially with Apple’s midas touch when it comes to new product launches.
What are your thoughts on this? Would you be willing to compliment your Mac computer and mobile device with a living room television from Apple?