Quoting “informed sources”, the China Business Daily is reporting that Apple might have begun the production of the first prototypes of its much-anticipated connected television sets. If this report is true, the production is set at one of its overseas manufacturing facilities ahead of a general production ramp, which is expected to begin late 2012.
There are speculations that the initial build plan is taking place in one of Foxconn’s Shenzhen plants as a trial production run, which typically produces a small number of assembly-line quality prototypes for Apple to put through its design test verification stages. As of right now though, no further details have been reported.
There has been much speculation about Apple’s foray into a High Definition Television (HDTV) set recently and it is likely to continue. This speculation started when the claim by the company’s late co-founder Steve Jobs was discovered in his biography where he mentioned that he had “cracked” the secret to a simple television set. According to the biography, Jobs’ vision for a connected TV, disclosed vaguely to Walter Isaacson prior to his demise last October, would see the device synced with all of a users’ devices, and with Apple’s iCloud service.
It is said that the simplified HDTV form Apple would reportedly spare users from having to use complex remotes for multiple devices such as DVD players and cable boxes. One thing to note here is that Isaacson wrote in his biography about Jobs that Jobs “wanted to do for television sets what he had done for computers, music players, and phones: make them simple and elegant.”
Let us see whether Apple is really making such TV set? We have to be patient.