Apple's 65-Inch Ultra HD Television To Arrive In 2014
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is expected to unveil new iPads, new Macs and possibly a new version of Apple TV Tuesday afternoon.
But its newest original product -- an Ultra HD television set -- won't be released until 2014.
According to Bloomberg, Advanced Research Japan Co. (a Tokyo-based research firm) has learned that Apple will "probably" start selling its TV next fall. The set is expected to come in two sizes: one at 55 inches and another at 65 inches.
This prediction (or inside information) comes at a time when the Apple television rumors had begun to die down. While Apple was recently rumored to be closing in on a deal with Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC), there has been no evidence suggesting that this has anything to do with the company's unconfirmed plans to release a television set. Apple has been working hard to bring original content to its Apple TV set-top box, so it is possible that the Time Warner Cable deal could be engineered to improve that device.
Always Six Months Away
From its inception, the illusive Apple-made television set has always been at least six months away from release.
In April, reports claimed that it could still be released in 2013. Now that 2013 is coming to a close, consumers are being told to wait until the end of 2014.
If there is one thing that has remained constant, it is the size and supplier of Apple's potential TVs.
Earlier reports were nearly identical to the latest one. In July Apple was thought to have teamed up with LG Display (NYSE: LPL) to work on 55-inch and 65-inch Ultra HD TVs. Samsung (OTC: SSNLF) has come up as a potential supplier, but Apple has reportedly struggled to replace the various components that Samsung provides to its existing product lineup. If Apple wants to distance its business from Samsung, why would it agree to buy display materials from the company?
Disclosure: At the time of this writing, Louis Bedigian had no position in the equities mentioned in this report.
Louis Bedigian is the Senior Tech Analyst and Features Writer of Benzinga. You can reach him at louis(at)benzingapro(dot)com. Follow him @LouisBedigianBZ
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