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Last week there were reports (read: rumors) of Foxconn and Sharp testing devices which may be destined to become Apple-branded televisions. Adding more detail to those rumors, a new report published by a Taiwanese news outlet indicates those pre-production televisions measure between 46 to 55-inches.
Although exact dates remain unavailable, the news agency's source claims it is "unlikely" we'll see an Apple TV by the end of 2013. However, that same source mentions the device may make its debut at CES -- something I find unlikely, given a possibly distant product launch and Apple's infamous secrecy.
Rumors of an "Apple TV" have long made water cooler gossip more fun. However, in recent months, a preponderance of rumors suggests the launch of an Apple-branded TV is imminent.
In addition to multiple leaks which assert an Apple TV is underway, when NBC news anchor Brian Williams asked Apple CEO Tim Cook about the company's future role in television, he responded, "It's an area of intense interest" and said it had grown beyond a "hobby". Cook also added that whenever he sat down to watch television, he felt like he'd been transported back in time by 20 to 30 years.
Needless to say, Cook's words suggest Apple may be working on something more than its Roku-like Apple TV, a set-top appliance which debuted in 2007. In fact, Foxconn chief Terry Gou seemingly confirmed this observation earlier this year.
If anyone can pull off a redesign of the TV, it's probably Apple: the company has an impressive list of content deals starring major players and a growing rap sheet of industry shake-ups.
What features would you like to see on an Apple TV?
The Apple iPad (3rd-gen) includes a Retina Display operating at a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536. Powering the new iPad is a dual-core A5X processor with quad-core graphics, it also gets upgraded optics in the form of a 5MP backside illuminated sensor that features a 5-element lens, IR filter and ISP built into the A5X chip. Apple claims The new iPad is good for 10 hours of battery life and nine hours when using 4G LTE.
The Apple TV features a micro-USB for service only, HDMI output, optical audio output, 10/100 Ethernet. It also allows you to sign in to your Wi-Fi account and use the remote (or better yet, the free Remote app on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch) to navigate around. Last but not least, you can purchase TV shows, plus rent or purchase movies and stream in photos from your iCloud Photo Stream and Flickr.
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