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Complete Apple TV Launch Date - 2013?

According to recent and distressing rumours, Apple's star product will hit the market sometime next year.

The news comes from Asian research group CLSA and contradicts many analysts that assured us that the Apple TV would be introduced in 2012.

"We continue to view Apple TV hardware as a 2013 event," says the CSLA note to investors, leaving no room for interpretation here.

CSLA also pointed out that Foxcon's partnership with Sharp is a sure indication that the Apple TV is in the making. In addition, Apple is willing to invest $1.3 billion in Sharp facilities to help its partner gear up for the upcoming manufacturing efforts.

Sharp is one of the few companies in the world capable to produce large size LCD displays for Apple TV and currently, the companies are looking to close in on their partnership and evaluate manufacturing capacities.

The fact that Hon Hai, Foxconn's parent corporation, preferred to acquire 10 per cent of Sharp's shares instead of just buying components from the Japanese manufacturer reveals the level of commitment.

At this point, the companies involved appear to have just gathered forces and sign agreements, as production hasn't started yet.

This late into the process suggests that the long rumoured Apple TV will not be introduced to the market in time for 2012.

Source: BusinessInsider

Radu has been working as a freelance writer for more than five years and has been blogging around since 2004. He is interested in anything Apple as well as gaming and mobile applications.