Apple iTV to Enter Production Line: What Features Could We Expect?

By Johnny Wills | May 13, 2012 04:56 PM EDT

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Rumors about Apple's first HDTV surfaced online after Walter Isaacson published Steve Jobs' biography last year revealing that the late Apple CEO was able to crack the recipe of perfect Apple TV before he passed away. Recent news is that the unfulfilled dream of Steve Jobs is just about to enter the production line. Reportedly, it will feature Sharp's IGZO display, Siri integration and iSight camera for video calling.

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China Daily is reporting that Apple's leading manufacturer - Foxconn - is gearing up for the much-rumored Apple TV, which is also referred as Apple iTV. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou said in a press conference that the company is preparing to start production of Apple TV sets. Recently Foxconn has invested heavily in Sharp Technologies. Gou said that Foxconn's recent 50-50 joint venture factory with Sharp in Japan is one of the preparations made for the new device, indicating that the display panels for Apple TV sets will be manufactured at Sharp's factory in Japan, while the assembly team will be ready at Shanghai factory of Foxconn.

Last week, CultofMac reported that one of their sources has got a glimpse of a working prototype of Apple-branded iTV. The tech site claims that Apple TV will feature advanced iSight camera for FaceTime. The camera will be loaded up with face recognition technology, giving it ability to zoom-in on user's face and even follow the user around the room. So there is no need to sit in front of the TV for making video calls. Apple iTV is also believed to feature deep Siri integration. Just say "Call Mikey" and Siri will find the person named "Mikey" from your contact list and initiate a call.

Apple TV looks like a larger version of company's LED Cinema display. Apple iTV is expected to feature Sharp's IGZO display panels. The casing of the device is said to include aluminum components.

However, there are no words on release date or pricing.  The rumored release dates for the Apple iTV ranges from later this year to 2014.

(reported by Johnny Wills, edited by Surojit Chatterjee)


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