Rumor: Apple TV Sets to Commence Production as Early as May

If you’re tired of catching word about a new Apple TV, getting your dander up about it, and then realizing it’s only a new version of that black hockey puck-looking device Apple sells instead of an actual Apple-branded TV set, there may be respite coming to you soon.

According to a report from Apple Insider, an actual Apple TV set may be headed for production as early as May, with a release date late this year (read: in time for Christmas). Citing Jefferies analyst Peter Misek as a source, the article notes that specialized components including “polarized films, filters, and IGZO components” are being shipped in small quantities to Apple’s Asian partners.

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Misek was quoted as saying that he saw "early production evidence of iTV" (or whatever it will be called), and that he thinks Apple will build an initial run of 2-5 million units.

An Apple-branded television--or one from any tech company with its own unified media platform, such as Google--makes a lot of sense. It actually seems rather odd that it took so long for Internet-connected TVs to emerge, and adding TVs to a company’s line of phones, tablets, notebooks, and desktops is the next logical step for an industry clamoring for consumers’ minds (well, eyes) and hearts...and dollars.
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