Rumor: Apple’s iTV Panels Being Made by a Korean Supplier

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Is Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) long-rumored “iTV” finally on its way? A new rumor from Asia suggests that the Cupertino-based company has partnered with a Korea-based display maker to make a large-screen OLED (organic light-emitting diode) television. According to Seoul-based analysts cited by The Korea Herald, an unnamed local display maker is already manufacturing sample display panels for Apple’s iTV.

“The company is making 65-inch organic light-emitting diode sample panels for Apple’s iTV in collaboration with Apple,” IBK Securities analyst Lee Seung-woo told The Korea Herald. “However, it is not certain whether Apple will use it for the mass production of its long-rumored iTV as it is still running tests.”

The Korea Herald also cited another “source close to the matter” who claimed that Apple had originally planned to unveil its iTV in the second half of this year, but later delayed its plans after it decided to switch from LCD panels to OLED. “Around 2 million Apple’s iTVs with 65- and 77-inch liquid crystal displays were expected to hit the market in the second half of this year,” said the unnamed source. “However, Apple employees visited this local company in October 2013 to delay the plans to next year. Following the visit, the display maker’s stock prices plunged.”

According to The Korea Herald’s sources, the unnamed Korea-based display maker will have an advantage over other Apple display suppliers such as Japan Display and Sharp, since those companies currently lack the capability to make large OLED for televisions. Japan Display and Sharp are already rumored to be supplying components for Apple’s so-called “iPhone 6.”

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