Rumor hit today that Apple is working with Foxconn and Sharp to produce a large screen set that will, for lack of better words, connect to the Internet. It’s far from a revelation, or a new rumor, as word of an Apple branded TV has been circling through the web for about a year now.
The Wall Street Journal’s info is supposedly derived from a supply chain report, which is probably as good a source as any, assuming of course it’s legit. However, and to quote, the TV “isn’t a formal project,” which means Apple maybe testing out the idea and has yet to solidify plans for mass manufacturing.
Lending further credence to the possibility of an Apple TV arriving next year is that Foxconn recently bought a big chunk of Sharp, who runs a state of the art TV manufacturing plant in Japan that currently produces large screen sets for Vizio. And if you remember, Foxconn manufactures Apple devices, such as the iPad and iPhone. A lay up? You bet.
So would you buy an Apple TV? After all, the current Apple TV has been a bit of pet project that has yet to deliver significant sale results that add to Apple’s bottom line like the iPhone or iPads. Nevertheless, Apple already has the entire infrastructure setup to support a smart TV, so at this point the only really hurdle is hardware manufacturing along with tweaking the iTunes store offering to be more appealing than the current – perhaps an all you can eat subscription plan is in the works.