Apple is in the development phases of an long-rumored tv, partnering with glassmaker Corning, G-Tech Optoelectronics, Foxconn, and display maker Innolux– if a report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News is to be thought [Google Translate]
The paper has a spotty track record at finest, but it appears possible that Apple would be chatting with potential suppliers for a tv as it continues to deal with the much-rumored project. EDN did report on Pegatron’s and LG Screen’s participation with the iPad mini months ahead of its public launch, recommending it does have some good sourcing with suppliers.
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According to sources in the industry, Apple, Corning, Foxconn, and G-Tech Optoelectronics satisfied 2 weeks ago in United States to go over the manufacturing of iTV. Foxconn is seeking for knowledge transfer of Gorilla Glass from Corning to GTOC, so GTOC can carry out material treatments required for iTV production.
iTV is set up for launch throughout the first half of 2014. 55′ and 60′ models will be released first, and will incorporate panels from Sakai City, Japan. Due to the weakening relationship in between Foxconn and Sharp, Foxconn may eventually turn to Innolux to fulfill the huge amount of display panels required for iTV orders.
In 2012, GTOC was reported to be making brand-new anti-reflective glass for the then-upcoming revamped iMac. The Economic Daily News also estimates NPD DisplaySearch vice president David Hseih as saying the iTV with Corning glass would launch early next year in 55′ and 60′ models.
(Thanks to an anonymous tipster for the translation.)