With Apple already releasing the 2012 Apple TV model this year, it seems as though one home cinema gadget a year is good for the Cupertino tech firm, as the latest rumour now tips their Apple iTV iOS HDTV for a 2013 release.
Foxconn, Apple’s main manufacturing subcontractors, have been helping Sharp Electronics out of some financial difficulties, in a deal that looks set to have the two companies share resources. With Sharp’s superb display heritage (including supplying screens for the iPad) and Foxconn’s position as the main Apple manufacturer, it seems the new deal is a precurssor to a future iTV product run.
For once, the rumour mill also has a learned voice tending the flames: ex-Apple old guard Steve Wozniak himself is putting money on an Apple iTV launching in the near future. Speaking to USA today, he said that:
“I do expect Apple to make an attempt [to move into the TV set business], since I expect the living room to remain a center for family entertainment, and that touches on all areas of consumer products that Apple is already making.”
The Apple TV was always shrugged off by Steve Jobs as merely a “hobby” project. Could an iTV have been his real passion?
As ever, we’ll pass on concrete details when and if they ever arrive.