Ultra HD TVs could reach 130 inches in size
By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
There’s a new report out there that Foxconn may be gearing up to start building 4K Ultra HDTVs for Apple up to 130 inches in size by next year. The report is based on a statement by FoxConn VP Jeng-wu Tai that the Apple gadget manufacturer will be building LCD panels based on Sharp LCD components. And with Apple recently throwing a life preserver to save Sharp’s flagging TV business, it looks more and more likely that we’ll be seeing elite based iTVs by next Christmas.
According to a report by DigiTimes, Foxconn will start building 60-inch LCD TVs for Sharp beginning this week in Taiwan. The TVs will be built for Chimei Innolux (CMI), an investor in Foxconn, and will also reportedly include sizes of 39 inch, 50 inch, and 58 inch TV panels. But there’s also 4K capable designs on the horizon in 50, 55, 58 and 65-inch sizes, with Foxconn capable of building UltraHD screens (2k/4k resolution) as large as 70-130 inches. Yikes! Foxconn is really diving into the deep end of the pool for TVs and it may be that they are doing so with other Sharp in order to gain the necessary position to begin making … wait for it … the iTV for Apple.
And could 4K be what Apple has been waiting for? I’m wondering if Cupertino is taking their time developing their own smart TV with Siri channel surfing capability because 4K is right over the horizon. If so, could we possibly see a 4K announcement of an iTV this January at Apple’s annual January Media event? Considering that Tim Cook cleared the Winter event of all major product announcements by releasing iMacs, MacMinis, iPads, iPad minis, iPods and the iPhone 5 last month, what does that leave for Cupertino to showcase after the first of the year?
And most assuredly, 4K will be the buzzword at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. And we all know that rumors about Apple putting out an iTV simply refuse to die, although it’s pretty obvious now that there won’t be one for this Holiday season. Only the most outlying speculation had it coming this year. Most were putting the iTV window at 2013 or 2014. And that would fit ideally with the 4K window and further developing the SIRI interface for that purpose. Course, we’ve heard that Apple has been testing a TV for quite some time now, and it’s likely that the only real roadblock has been content providers. But there’s a singular opportunity here for Apple to wait until 4K is here, and then offer SiriTV (hey, that’s a cool name) for 4K as a premium set, and then go on down to 1080p HD for a lower end mini model.
The timing would seem to be right. And if history is anything of a guide, when a rumor absolutely refuses to die, it’s likely that Apple sees a marketplace to support it if the rumor becomes a reality. We’ve seen that with the iPhone, the iPad, and it’s only a matter of time before we see it with a SiriTV.
Hat Tip – BGR