It has become an assumption at this point that Apple will launch an HD television of its own, likely replacing the remote with Siri voice controls, but there’s still a ton of speculation around when the product will actually come to market.
In a note to investors on Tuesday, Jefferies & Company analyst Peter Misek said Apple’s HDTV will ship at the end of this year. “Specialty components have begun to ship to Apple’s Asia panel suppliers with polarized films, filters, and IGZO components starting to move in small quantities,” Misek said. “We expect commercial production in May/ June with 2M to 5M builds likely. We still expect a CQ4 launch.”
Rumors have placed the actual size of the TV all over the map, with several pointing to 32-inch, 37-inch and 42-inch models. Another story also suggested that Apple’s senior vice president of industrial design Jonathan Ive has a 50-inch Apple iTV in his office.