Apple to release 4K TV set in 2014: Report

The latest rumor has Apple releasing 4K HDTVs by late 2014.

Well here's a wild rumor for you ahead of Apple's upcoming special media event. Bloomberg late on Monday relayed an analyst report from Advanced Research Japan Co. claiming that Apple has plans to release a 4K HDTV in 55 and 65-inch form factors in late 2014. These HDTVs will reportedly feature a frameless design, which isn't all that different from some of the higher-end Samsung LED models currently on the market.

LG Display, SamsungElectronics Co. and Corning Inc.may be among the suppliers for Apple’s TVs, which may be priced at about $1,500 to $2,500, Ishino said. LG Display may supply more than 70 percent of the liquid-crystal displays, Samsung may make graphic processing units and Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 may be used as the cover, he said.

Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group probably will be hired to assemble the devices, according to Ishino.

It's an interesting rumor that echoes a rumor that has persisted for years now - namely that it's only a matter of time before Apple gets into the HDTV business. There are, of course, a number of hurdles associated with entering the HDTV marketplace, such as razor-thin margins and more than capable competition. What's more, we have the issue of 4K television sets. I've seen these babies up-close and in person and can attest that they are absolutely mind-blowing. The problem, as it stands now, is that there simply isn't any 4K content available to justify the added cost of purchasing a 4K set.

Besides, the $1,500 pricepoint cited by the report is awfully cheap for a 4K set, even looking out a year in the future.

Still, there's no denying that we're moving toward a TV world where cable isn't necessarily at the forefront anymore. Apple, in fact, recently purchased, a company that specialized in aggregating online content while also introducing a social networking aspect to TV viewing.

TechCrunch reported not too long ago:

Matcha was acquired after testing numerous approaches to generating recommendations, right at the point where it had refined its algorithm such that it saw an explosion in user growth, according to our source. The app did definitely do well on the App Store charts, and was ranked among the top 15 apps in the Entertainment category before it was shut down.

Apple, to its credit, beats to of its own drum. It doesn't follow fads in the tech industry and it sure as heck won't release an HDTV set just because that's what the analysts and pundits expect. That being the case, if Apple does in fact release an HDTV, you can bet that it will be completely different than anything currently available on the market today.


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