At a local drinking establishment there was a fascinating chat that was heard by UnderCurrent when
they were doing an education meeting together.
As with every conversation there is two sides to it. The first one is from someone who is a very
respected and highly connected person in the industry. He was seen talking to the person that he
was sitting with about a low-key panel TV project that the tech giant Apple was currently working
Now I was not personally there but the tale says that for a long time, Apple has been trying their
best to obtain TV panels from Asia and in particular Japan and China. However, they have not had
much luck in doing this simply because as the main manufacturers for the industry, they were very
reluctant to give those sources to a competition rival that very well could end their own company as
they would be strengthening one of their biggest rivals.
There was a way however, to get past this. Owner of the Hon Hai Precision Industry or the suicide
factories that they have become known as. What they do is put together all types of phones and
iPads along with a huge range of things from other tech giants, has been purchasing shares in the
Sharp Corporation. Now everyone in the industry has known this and it is not exactly a secret,
however this gentleman had some more revelations to lay down during this lunch time chat that will
raise your eyebrows.
According to this source, both Sharp and Apple are making TV’s together, called an iTV. They are
both different sizes, one is 50 inches and the other is a smaller 42-inch TV. He says that both TV’s are
absolutely of the best quality that money can by because of the Full HD Quattron technology that
Sharp has using. According to this conversation, they are both scheduled to be rolled out to the
public towards to end of the year during November.
That was not even the juiciest part of the conversation either. According to this man the rumour was
about the extremely radical approach that Apple had for selling both high-end TV’s. Normally
customers would go to a tech store like Dick Smith or Harvey Norman to purchase these TV’s,
however Apple will in fact be making these available to buy across the importer market, which to the
best of my knowledge is not the norm for selling TV’s. However as this is not my area of expertise, I
could be wrong.
So, there you have it. A conversation heard over a bite to eat for lunch. Make of it what you will, but
surely there is no smoke without fire right? Is this industry veteran telling the truth or was it just
something he made up to start a conversation? At the end of the day you will make up your own
mind as to whether it is true or not.
But either way it is certainly an interesting thought that the technology giant Apple could potentially
be doing some somewhat shady business to sell these “new” TV’s. Just something to think about.