Apple to Debut Ultra-HD 4K Television in Late 2013 or Early 2014?

Posted March 27, 2013 at 7:14am by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 11887 views

Apple is continuing its development of a Ultra-HD (3840x2160) television to be called the 'iTV', reports DigiTimes. The television is also said to feature voice and motion control, as well as, Internet connectivity.

The sources said that Apple and Foxconn Electronics have been in discussions for quite some time in terms of the TV's mass production schedule, but that Apple has been considering where panel supply for the TV will come from, as Ultra HD TV panel makers, most of whom are based in Taiwan, are expected to be producing at nearly full capacity in 2013 in order to meet demand from China-based TV vendors.

Other manufacturers in Apple's supply chain have allocated all their capacity to the company's mobile devices. However, Apple is apparently banking on LG to be able to step up and produce the panels by the second half of this year. If LG is successful, Apple could reportedly launch the television by the end of 2013 or 'more likely' in early 2014.

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Patrick - March 27, 2013 at 10:16pm
Will most likely be overpriced and 4K content is nowhere near, whether from cable providers or from studios...and imagine the Internet bandwidth required to get 4K content!!!
Anthony - March 27, 2013 at 11:14pm
So are you proposing that technology stand still because 4k will use a lot of bandwidth? Or maybe Apple should make a plasma tv b/c cable and studios have blu-ray capabilities??? Common now, Apple forges the future and everything else follows. Call me fanboy if u want.... But where was Mobile gaming, hd content streaming , face time, even texting... Where were these things before the iPhone? Archaic .....
Patrick - March 28, 2013 at 5:28am
1080p display that measures diagonally about 19" approximately has 100 DPI (dot per inch). So, viewing the still-framed image, i.e., stretching the image, on 40" (measured diagonally) TV screen is quiet different from watching a collage of motion-framed images like a movie. Desktop computer such as iMac as well as just about any portable computing device that comes with a screen is now gradually replacing the purpose of having a Television especially for the media entertainment purpose, as you can watch just about anything via Hulu, YouTube, Netflix, etc. 4K or Ultra HD: When a display size is: 19.17" × 10.79" (48.7cm × 27.4cm), it equals to having only 200.26 PPI, 0.1268mm dot pitch, 40106 PPI², thus still not having enough resolutions to be viewed as good as a retina display. What's wrong with having 20" Retina Display iMac, when we already have one that is beyond 4K in 15" notebook called, MacBook Pro? In other words, what's so wrong to first sell Retina-ready desktop monitor/computer that comes with a (tiny internal) TV tuner with a common A/V input peripheral such as HDMI? There is only a thin line between TV and monitor, so that's all. A new kind of TV set should replace the need for having a separate monitor to browse the Internet, or share about something vis social media, let's say, while watching a live TV show. In fact, manufactures are already selling what's called, Internet (ready) TV, so people can not only watch a video, but also stream pictures stored in the cloud server, browse the Internet to view retina-ready content, especially when reading an online article while sitting on a couch that is sometimes more than 10' away from the screen. The initial price will be seemingly overpriced, though the price is a matter of perception. Once people start adapting to new technology, the demand will increase, thus reducing the overall cost. As far as getting 4K content, every new movie is already being made in 4k, though it is a bit costly for a homemade video but to stream such a high-resolution video content, it will obviously take time. When you look at the sales of Blu-rays, it is not looking good 'cause even with not-so-fast Internet speed we have, most people are pretty happy with watching content in 1080p online, e.g. via YouTube or else you name it, though when YouTube first introduced 1080 option, some people like you were back then quiet skeptical about that. As a matter of fact, some contents on YouTube are now even made available in 3D as well. Perhaps, creating the demand for a (digital) content such as a film in 4K via (online) streaming will be exclusively limited to people who are moviegoers-alike, otherwise there will be a new format of media storage or Blu-ray sales will increase as a result.
Patrick - March 28, 2013 at 5:29am
1080p display that measures diagonally about 19" approximately has 100 DPI (dot per inch). So, viewing the still-framed image, i.e., stretching the image, on 40" (measured diagonally) TV screen is quiet different from watching a collage of motion-framed images like a movie. Desktop computer such as iMac as well as just about any portable computing device that comes with a screen is now gradually replacing the purpose of having a Television especially for the media entertainment purpose, as you can watch just about anything via Hulu, YouTube, Netflix, etc. 4K or Ultra HD: When a display size is: 19.17" × 10.79" (48.7cm × 27.4cm), it equals to having only 200.26 PPI, 0.1268mm dot pitch, 40106 PPI², thus still not having enough resolutions to be viewed as good as a retina display. What's wrong with having 20" Retina Display iMac, when we already have one that is beyond 4K in 15" notebook called, MacBook Pro? In other words, what's so wrong to first sell Retina-ready desktop monitor/computer that comes with a (tiny internal) TV tuner with a common A/V input peripheral such as HDMI? There is only a thin line between TV and monitor, so that's all. A new kind of TV set should replace the need for having a separate monitor to browse the Internet, or share about something vis social media, let's say, while watching a live TV show. In fact, manufactures are already selling what's called, Internet (ready) TV, so people can not only watch a video, but also stream pictures stored in the cloud server, browse the Internet to view retina-ready content, especially when reading an online article while sitting on a couch that is sometimes more than 10' away from the screen. The initial price will be seemingly overpriced, though the price is a matter of perception. Once people start adapting to new technology, the demand will increase, thus reducing the overall cost. As far as getting 4K content, every new movie is already being made in 4k, though it is a bit costly for a homemade video but to stream such a high-resolution video content, it will obviously take time. When you look at the sales of Blu-rays, it is not looking good 'cause even with not-so-fast Internet speed we have, most people are pretty happy with watching content in 1080p online, e.g. via YouTube or else you name it, though when YouTube first introduced 1080 option, some people like you were back then quiet skeptical about that. As a matter of fact, some contents on YouTube are now even made available in 3D as well. Perhaps, creating the demand for a (digital) content such as a film in 4K via (online) streaming will be exclusively limited to people who are moviegoers-alike, otherwise there will be a new format of media storage or Blu-ray sales will increase as a result.
Neil - March 27, 2013 at 6:58pm
I need an apple Washing Machine.
tommy - March 27, 2013 at 3:26pm
That's more like Apple. 4K resolution is premium. Sony 4K tv costs USD25,000 in China electronics mall today.
Mi2 - March 27, 2013 at 3:04pm
Im waiting for Apple toilet bowl
DavidG - March 27, 2013 at 2:17pm
I wonder, besides the ultra HD, what features it will have? I mean it certainly even looks great in this picture but will it be enough? Others have motion control as well. I'm sure it will be something awesome and innovative. We've come to expect that from our apple. Can't wait.
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