Apple’s much-anticipated television set has entered its initial testing phase at Hon Hai Precision Industry, a company source has revealed. It’s expected to feature a display between 46 inches and 55 inches in size, and shipments are likely to be “huge.” Don’t expect to have one in your living room anytime soon, however; it doesn’t look like it’s going to get its grand unveiling during 2013.
Focus Taiwan cites a source within Taiwan-based Hon Hai — the company that owns Foxconn — that claims Apple’s television has now entered testing. The news follows a recent report that claimed Apple was testing set designs with Foxconn, which also assembles its Mac and iOS devices.
It’s unlikely the set will begin shipping before the end of 2013, the source says, but it’s predicted that Apple could show “TV-related” products at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Apple doesn’t traditionally appear at events like this, however, so we’re taking this particular claim with a pinch of salt.
The television is expected to be between 46 inches and 55 inches in size, and while some of its panels will come from Sharp — a Foxconn partner — some supplies will come from other Japanese or Taiwanese suppliers. “We have not yet confirmed the LCD panel supply source with our client,” the source told Focus Taiwan.
Apple CEO Tim Cook recently revealed that television was an “area of intense interest” for the company, and that it has now grown beyond a “hobby.” Rumors surrounding an Apple set were kickstarted by Steve Jobs’s biography, in which he revealed that he had finally “cracked” the television.