According to a report in Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, Apple is working with a number of its suppliers including Corning, Foxconn and Innolux on its much rumored television product, dubbed the “iTV”.
From the report:
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.
Corning is the glassmaker who has been Apple’s partner ever since the first iPhone launched in 2007, G-Tech Optoelectronics is a company supplies glass used in LCDs, Foxconn is Apple’s long-time manufacturing partner and Innolux is a company involved in the display business.
While the full-fledged television launch seems to be quite far, rumor has it that Apple’s releasing ‘some sort of television product’ as soon as November. The company recently also acquired Matcha, a video discovery and recommendation service that could be a great feature addition for the “iTV.”