Apple plans to launch 65-inch TV next year - analyst

By Rizza Sta. Ana

Oct 22, 2013 11:30 AM EDT

According to Advanced Research Japan Co analyst Masahiko Ishino, Apple Inc would be retailing 65-inch and 55-inch televisions in ultra high-definition. In an October 18 interview, Ishino, refusing to disclose who his sources were, said Apple had been working on the television units' specifications. Ishino also said the television units would be frameless as well.

The news was in line to disclosures made by Apple personnel in previous years. Apple co-founder Stve Jobs had told his biographer that he was able to determine how to build a television that could synchronize content with other Apple devices. Last May 29, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook had said that Apple had been focusing intensely on television as the company is seeking to expand its market share in products other mobile devices.

Ishino also said that the future Apple television units would be priced in the USD1,500 to USD2,500 price range. LG Display Co would reportedly supply over 70% of tv displays. Samsung Electronics Co could create graphic processing units for Apple while Corning Inc's quality Gorilla Glass 3 could cover Apple TV units, Ishino said.

When asked for comment about the recent disclosure, Tokyo-based spokesman Takashi Takebayashi for Apple had not responded to Bloomberg's telephone message.

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