Given all the rumors
, it almost seems a foregone conclusion that Apple
will at some point launch its own brand television set. It was the same situation with the iPad; rumors persisted for what seemed like an eternity before it became a reality, and now it appears an Apple TV
is imminent. In fact, a news outlet in Taipei claims that Apple's manufacturing partner Hon Hai Precision (Foxconn) has already begun testing different Apple brand TVs.
An anonymous source at Foxconn describes the testing as an "initial phase," adding that shipments aren't likely to occur anytime soon, and perhaps not even in 2013. That's a bit disappointing, given how long the rumor of an Apple brand TV
has been floating around the Internet.
Details are light, but Apple's HDTVs are said to range from 46 inches to 55 inches. It's not yet been determined which company will supply the necessary LCD panels, though a source did say that Sharp wouldn't necessary be the exclusive supplier, since other LCD makers are equipped to handle 46-inch and 55-inch panels.
The time frame indicated by the latest rumor coincides with comments
made by Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, earlier this summer. He said at the time that it was unlikely Apple would enter the HDTV market in the near future.