Rumor: Apple Releasing 4K TV in Late 2013

Concept of Apple iTV by Guilherme Martins Schasiepen.

Concept of Apple iTV by Guilherme Martins Schasiepen.

Apple is allegedly working on a 4K “Ultra HD” television set that could hit the market in late 2013 or early 2014, according to a report from Digitimes.

The Chinese blog cites anonymous industry sources that say Apple and Foxconn Electronics — the main manufacturer of the iPhone and iPad — have been in discussions to mass produce the high-resolution television set. The smart TV would feature a resolution of 3,840×2,160 and include voice and motion control functions.

Apple is still figuring out which company could supply the panel for their highly-rumored TV set, but might be leaning toward LG, according to the report.

Unless prices drop significantly on 4K sets, Apple’s TV could be quite the luxury. Most 4K sets at this year’s CES Show came with price tags between $15,000 and $20,000. Apple, which is notorious for the high prices of their gadgets, might have a difficult time making it a consumer-friendly product.

Sony is rumored to release a 55-inch and 65-inch 4K set that starts at $5,000.

While Digitimes isn’t the most trustworthy source of news, Apple’s plans to sell a dedicated television set (they currently offer an over-the-top device for $100) was reported in the Wall Street Journal in December. That report said Apple was currently testing TV prototypes.

2 thoughts on “Rumor: Apple Releasing 4K TV in Late 2013

  1. Divebus

    This would be pretty exciting to me, even if it wasn’t 4K. By itself, a TV made by Apple would be a luxury. Couple that with the rest of their ecosystem of products and you’ll get this “aha” moment where it all clicks. I’ve got the $100 AppleTV and it integrates nicely with iTunes off my home computer and allows control from the iPad, iPhone and Bluetooth keyboard now, and lets me put whatever is playing on the mobile devices right on the TV.

    Oh… “notorious for the high prices of their gadgets”? For what you get and how it works, Apple products are priced just right. Not that there isn’t plenty of room for improvement, but price out some competitors that aren’t junkyard class crap and you’ll see that this isn’t 1997 anymore. Plus nothing really integrates as well. They sure could stand to fix their iCloud to complete that claim, though.

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