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Apple's Asian supplier Hon Hai Precision Co. is working with Sharp on the designs

While Apple's iPhone and iPad are largely successful, there's one gadget the tech giant just can't seem to get off the ground: Apple TV.

However, a new report from The Wall Street Journal said that Apple may not be bombing out completely in the television realm as it's currently testing TV designs with component suppliers in Asia.

Two sources from some of Apple's suppliers confirmed that Apple is testing designs for a high-definition, large-screen TV set. They also mentioned that Hon Hai Precision Co. (which trades as Foxconn) is working with Sharp Corp. on the project.

While the TV is still in its earliest stages, this represents progress in Apple's TV venture, since products are usually developed and tested in-house before being sent out to suppliers. But it's important to keep in mind that Apple has tested many TV prototypes and this one may not make it to production, either.

Nevertheless, it's a spring forward for the successful tech company who could one day compete with the likes of Samsung, which is already a fierce competitor in the mobile hardware market. As far as television software, Apple could face competitors like Google with its own smart Google TV. Apple's iOS software for mobile devices already competes with Google's Android operating system.

Apple currently sells Apple TV, which is a $99 digital media receiver that plays content from the iTunes Store, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu Plus, etc. However, Apple wants Apple TV to be so much more. For example, a game console, the ability to receive live content over the Web, live content from television networks, surf the Internet, record shows via a built in hard drive, watch Internet videos and play pictures/songs.

Apple's biggest issue with making that dream a reality, however, is its inability to strike a deal with content providers on cable networks for live television content. Comcast and CBS have rejected any affiliation with Apple TV, saying that it wants too much control over the content.

Apple has been fighting this battle with content providers since 2005, but has been unsuccessful so far.

But that doesn't mean Apple TV is a total lost cause. The tech giant was still able to strike deals with content streaming services like Netflix and Hulu Plus to provide content that can be viewed on a television screen. In Q1 2012, Apple sold 1.4 million Apple TV devices, which isn't too bad, but of course Apple is striving for a better product and better sales.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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By FITCamaro on 12/12/2012 8:00:59 PM , Rating: 2
So I can install it on any machine I want, run it on any hardware I want?

By TakinYourPoints on 12/12/12, Rating: -1
By ihateu3 on 12/13/2012 2:05:48 AM , Rating: 4
"Most developers I know work on Macs for this reason" is a personal statement, without any substantial evidence.

So if Apple is king, then why is their hardware based on X86 components that are also used in PC's? Same hardware, just lower specs.

Yes you can install Windows and Linux on an Apple, but why would that be a selling point considering that your stance on OSX is being superior to begin with? Also why would that be a selling point considering you can also install OSX and Linux on a PC?

Now that we realize that all OS'es can be installed on either manufacturers hardware, we go back to the beginning, why again is Apple superior?

Windows PC based hardware is universally more powerful than the same X86 based hardware offerings that Apple decides to release. Apple's strong point is that they cater to people who do not know how to use technology very well and make the OS noob proof. So your argument is that you can put Windows or Linux on Apple hardware to run the same content, even on lower specced hardware, why should you even have to do that to begin with since PC's already ship with Windows?

Further alienating the argument, the demographic targeted by Apple, just wants everything to work, they do not want to have to install another OS, think for themselves, or are not tech savvy enough to do so.

Anyone tech savvy would save the money and go PC, because the majority of the world runs Windows and the hardware is better. The computer case may not match your living room drapes, and the advertising may not make you feel cool, but hey for those 2 programs not available on Windows, you could find an alternative program on Windows, or just install OSX.

By TakinYourPoints on 12/13/12, Rating: 0
By TakinYourPoints on 12/13/2012 7:10:28 AM , Rating: 2
And I didn't really bring consumer PC OEMs into it outside of the Zenbook Prime (Asus has one good notebook) because let's face it, most of them are absolute trash. Talking smack about companies that aren't Lenovo or Apple is like shooting fish in a barrel, way too easy. I reckon its why I will always put my own gaming PCs together.

By kleinma on 12/13/2012 11:26:15 AM , Rating: 2
I am a developer, and I know hunderds of developers, and we don't use macs. When I am out at Microsoft for conferences of thousands of developers, I can usually see 2-3 macbooks in the conference rooms, next to hundres of PCs.

Maybe the developers you know are iOS and OSX developers, and then it would make sense, but most software developers in the enterprise are not running around with macbooks.

By TakinYourPoints on 12/13/2012 3:24:02 PM , Rating: 2
The Mac using developers I know are mainly Google employees, web developers (both front end and back end; big plus having an OS with Apache/RoR/PHP/etc preinstalled on it), and mobile developers.

If you are going to conferences at Microsoft then I expect you wouldn't see very many Mac or Linux users there.

By TakinYourPoints on 12/14/2012 9:24:16 PM , Rating: 3
The funniest thing is that absolute truth posted by me above, that OS X is not walled garden, gets downvoted while objectively uninformed nonsense by you and ihateu3 gets a pass.

The ignorant bias here is hilarious.

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