Japanese electronics manufacturer Sharp has begun production of its first high-resolution displays based on indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) technology, the company announced Friday. Analysts believe that Sharp’s new displays are a “prime candidate” for use in upcoming Apple products, including the much-rumored Apple television.
Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek is the latest analyst to hike his price target for shares in Apple Inc., pushing it to US$800. The analyst said that he believes Apple will introduce a TV set called “iPanel” in the fourth quarter of 2012, a device that is “so much more than a TV.”
During Apple’s March 7th keynote, the company announced an update to its Apple TV, with a shipping date of March 16th, the same day the new iPad also ships. Nine days didn’t seem like too long to wait, but many people have reported receiving their new device today, March 15th, one day early.
The late Steve Jobs approached CBS to ask the media giant for content for an Apple television subscription service, according to CBS CEO Les Moonves. Mr. Moonves made the comments on Saturday at a conference, where he also said that he rejected Mr. Jobs’s attempts to make a deal.
Apple’s 1080p Apple TV will hit store shelves, but current Apple TV owners can start playing with the new interface today thanks to a software update that rolled out Wednesday afternoon.
Apple’s iTunes in the Cloud, which is part of its iCloud service, added support for movies on Wednesday. Along with iCloud movie support, Apple CEO Tim Cook also announced that iTunes Store movies will be available in at 1080p resolution, which fits nicely with today’s update for the Apple TV.
Along with iOS 5.1, Apple unveiled an updated Apple TV entertainment appliance on Wednesday that supports 1080p video. The announcement came during Apple’s special media event in San Francisco where the company is also introducing new iPad models.
Walter Isaacson held back some details about the Apple TV from the biography he wrote about the late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs. In an interview that lasted more than two hours with TV Cultura’s Roda Viva in Brazil, Mr. Isaacson said that he was protecting Apple’s interests by not including more information about what Apple and Steve Jobs were working on when it came to an Apple television set.
Rumors are pointing to the introduction of a new Apple TV model this week along with the iPad 3. Rumors also claim Apple is planning on eventually unveiling its own television. Mac OS Ken’s Ken Ray isn’t buying into an Apple television, but he does have some ideas on how Apple could get there.
Shares in Apple, Inc. could hit US$1,000 per share, according to company cofounder Steve Wozniak. The noted engineer—who is not noted as a stock analyst—said in an interview with CNBC that he believes a product like Apple TV could give Apple plenty of room to grow.
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