Apple’s Rumored Television: Now it’s 4K

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Rumors claiming Apple is planning on releasing its own high definition television have been circulating for some time, and even some analysts have predicting more than once that the mythical device is just around the corner. Now a report is out claiming yet again that Apple is working on a television, but now they say the display will be the new super high resolution 4K, or Ultra HD.

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This latest report comes courtesy of supply chain sources talking with DigiTimes, so more than just a grain of salt may be warranted. According to their sources, not only is Apple building a 4K HD TV with 3840 x 2160 resolution, it will also include built-in Internet support, and voice and motion control.

Apparently Apple is working with Foxconn to build the TVs, and is shopping around to find a supplier that can meet its display panel needs.

Apple doesn't talk about unannounced products and rumors, so there isn't any confirmation coming out of Cupertino on whether or not an HD TV is really in the works. That said, it's probable a safe bet to say the company has at least experimented with TVs in its labs. Whether or not Apple actually releases its own TV, however, is a different story -- and one that right now doesn't make much sense.

TV buyers tend to work on a seven year cycle, which doesn't fit with the one to two year upgrade cycle Apple's product line fits with. With the Apple TV, the company's US$99 streaming home entertainment device, Apple already has the means to turn any television into a portal for online content and video rentals.

TV size is a factor, too, since Apple's retail stores don't have much inventory storage space. There simply isn't that much room to store the products for consumers looking for instant gratification.

4K TVs were a big thing -- quite literally -- during CES 2013, and that's definitely an issue for Apple. To really take advantage of the resolution, a 4K TV display needs to be at least 80-inches, according to manufacturers The Mac Observer spoke with at the trade show. Smaller sizes can be made, but our eyes can't detect the higher image quality.

DigiTimes may have sources saying Apple is working on an Ultra HD television, and maybe the company is. The likelihood we'll see such a beast on store shelves, however, doesn't look nearly as good as the images it could show.

Comments

geoduck

No. Just no. Not going to happen. Even taking into account my severe skepticism of Apple making a TV at all, this seems like a utopian pipe dream of some stoned geek boy.

4K TVs were a big thing—quite literally—during CES 2013,

To be precise 4K-TV was huge among the Tech Press during CES 2013. Few others are interested and the reason is simple. There’s no content as of yet and a TV is an expensive lawn ornament with out content. As a result I have not heard of hoards of people lining up to buy them. A few tech heads that want to be able to say they have one sure, but for most it’s just not going to happen. 4K-TV will go the way of 3D-TV a year earlier. Big hype during CES and then death in the market place.

Apple will not make a 4K-TV.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

To really take advantage of the resolution, a 4K TV display needs to be at least 80-inches, according to manufacturers The Mac Observer spoke with at the trade show. Smaller sizes can be made, but our eyes can’t detect the higher image quality.

It’s also a function of distance. When I bought my first 1080 large screen, the rule of thumb was 40” for 8 feet, 46” for 12. As a species, we have probably evolved to see details a lot more clearly in those few short years. I’d guess that 60” for 12 feet would be the natural entry point for 4K.

But the real problem Apple could solve is the aspect ration problem. There are several aspect ratios for content these days, and content always looks crappy when it doesn’t match to the physical aspect ratio of the display. This is a problem Apple could solve with machined aluminium and motors.

jfbiii

I’ve watched more 3D content than I thought I would. The underlying 4K problem is supporting bandwidth. With pipe providers choking access for no other reason than they can who wants to spend the money for a 4K set that won’t have 4K content?

Robbo

I get it, Apple can make a big ass TV with HD and 3D, that nobody can afford and probably nobody really needs, but they cannot make a simple update to the MacPro line…that many, many people do want and will buy.
Another form over function project, which Apple lost the plot on ages ago.

iJack

Geoduck has it: Not Happening.

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