A Chinese Foxconn factory has reportedly received the first orders from Apple for a new range of smart TVs.
Inside sources apparently told China Business News (via WantChinaTimes) that a Foxconn plant in Shenzhen has begun producing the products on a trial basis.
Rumours of an Apple iTV have been floating around for some time now. Shortly before he died, Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs told his biographer: "I'd like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use," he said. "It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud. It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it."
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has forecast that Apple's smart TV products will launch in early 2014. He reckons they'll be sized between 42 and 55 inches, cost $1,500-$2,000, and may be controllable using an iPhone, iPad and Siri voice commands.
"We believe that Apple smart TVs can occupy 10 percent of the global TV market in one to three years," Munster predicted.