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by Louis Bedigian
All signs indicate that
) is finally in the process of developing its first television set.
The company will assemble the TV through its various Chinese
partners, most notably
But it is also expected to enlist in the help of several key
partners, which will provide the company with essential parts that
it could not (or does not want to) produce on its own.
One of those potential partners may have already been revealed.
Last week, there were reports that
) had been commissioned to provide Apple with orders for
two large panels
-- one at 55 inches, and another at 65 inches. It is not yet known
how Apple will use these panels, or if it will order enough to mass
produce a new device.
But unless the company plans to sell a massive Cinema Display, it's
safe to assume that the company is at least exploring the TV
That Picture Is Sharp
And if LG Display fails to secure a contract, it could be
(OTCMKTS:SHCAY). In addition to LG, Sharp is one of those
unconfirmed Apple suppliers that is frequently associated with
iPhones and iPads. The company was rumored to have invested
$2 billion in Sharp
If true, Apple is unlikely to develop a TV without making sure that
company is involved.
Music to Your Ears
"Beats by Dre" has made its way into a whole host of electronics,
(TPE:2498) smartphones and
) computers. Even Dodge, Chrysler, and
(OTCMKTS:FIATY) have added Beats Audio to their vehicles.
Apple is unlikely to do the same for its television set. But there
is one other premium audio company that Apple could partner with:
With headphones that sell for a few hundred bucks (among other
expensive audio equipment), Bose is a great match for Apple.
So Good You Can Touch It
) is behind the camera sensor in the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. Sony
has also been rumored to be a part of the development of the iPhone
5S -- and not just for the camera but for the touch display as
Who better than Sony -- one of the industry's most underrated
players -- to develop some of the touch elements for Apple's first
Wave for the Camera
Apple is expected to
PrimeSense, the company that helped build the Kinect motion sensor
In doing so, Apple could build a Kinect-like device right into
every television it produces. This could drastically change the way
cross-platform apps are developed, as developers will need to
optimize them for motion control (as opposed to the touch controls
they are used to programming).
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