Apple appears to be preparing to start selling a new television set with voice controls in 2012, reports Digital Spy.
Apple’s iTV would include much of Apple TV’s functionality, the story says. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was revealed to have told his biographer that he had "finally cracked" how to build an integrated TV device, the article notes.
Jefferies analyst Peter Misek claims that Sharp has been ordered to start production on the TV sets in early 2012 for a debut in the latter part of the year, the story says. Misek says the iTV will have an LCD screen and an initial production run of 5 million to 10 million units, the piece adds.
Digital Spy cites reports indicating the new device will feature advanced functionality, noting: “Speculation has been rife that Apple intends to take on the living room with its ‘iTV’ product, in the same way that the firm has revolutionised the mobile device industries with the iPhone, iPod and iPad.”
Separately, the Tokyo Times newspaper reported that a JVC factory will start production in January,