Apple Said to Be Working with Foxconn, Corning and Innolux on 'iTV' for 2014 Launch

Apple is in the development stages of an long-rumored television, partnering with glassmaker Corning, G-Tech Optoelectronics, Foxconn, and display maker Innolux -- if a report from Taiwan's Economic Daily News is to be believed [Google Translate].

The paper has a spotty track record at best, but it seems plausible that Apple would be talking with potential suppliers for a television as it continues to work on the much-rumored project. EDN did report on Pegatron's and LG Display's involvement with the iPad mini months ahead of its public launch, suggesting 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 met two weeks ago in US to discuss the production of iTV. Foxconn is seeking for knowledge transfer of Gorilla Glass from Corning to GTOC, so GTOC can perform surface treatments needed for iTV manufacturing.

iTV is scheduled for release during 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 between Foxconn and Sharp, Foxconn may eventually turn to Innolux to fulfill the large quantity of display panels needed for iTV orders.

In 2012, GTOC was rumored to be making new anti-reflective glass for the then-upcoming redesigned iMac. The Economic Daily News also quotes 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.)

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Top Rated Comments

hsilver Avatar
141 months ago
How does offering a choice of 55" and 60" size models make sense?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Gubbz Avatar
141 months ago
On a minor point, they've done all this spotting, but they've failed to notice that Apple still can't call it the 'iTV', the UK television company, ITV (Independant Television) won't let them. I believe there was an original lawsuit and they once again reiterated that it was they're name when Steve Jobs was quoted saying he had cracked it and everyone was talking about iTV again.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Klae17 Avatar
141 months ago
What good names are there besides iTV, since that is taken? Since we will always be waiting for it to be released: iMComing. Plus we all know what will be airplayed to the big screen.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chinab0wl Avatar
141 months ago
So says the rumor. Innocent question: why would Gorilla Glass be needed for a TV?

BTW, it's "a long-rumored television," not "an."

In case the Wii(U) makes a comeback?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
IJ Reilly Avatar
141 months ago
Corning means Gorilla Glass...

So says the rumor. Innocent question: why would Gorilla Glass be needed for a TV?

BTW, it's "a long-rumored television," not "an."
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Lord Hamsa Avatar
141 months ago
I can't help but wonder what kind of advantage Apple would have in providing the total package.

Low-margins and strong competition makes for a crappy industry to enter late in the game.

They'd have to significantly exceed the standard that's out there now. Possibly jump to the 4K HD display in addition to whatever else they've got going on under the hood? Force the (consumer-grade) technology to catch up to them?
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