Apple has been testing TV sets with Asian suppliers, suggesting the US giant may be getting closer to adding a long-rumoured television to its current line-up, reports the Wall Street Journal.
According to the publication, which cited anonymous sources, Apple has instructed its long-time supplier Foxconn, which is known for making iPhones and iPad in China, to test possible TVs.
Foxconn has recently expanded into the market for large high-resolution TVs after investing in a Japanese LCD factory that used to be owned by Sharp, giving further weight to a possible collaboration with Apple.
Apple has been in talks with cable television operators in the US about building a box that would carry live television, according to anonymous sources.
The company's CEO Tim Cook has suggested in recent interviews that the firm's quest to make TVs has progressed beyond a "hobby", saying "it's an area of intense interest".
There have been repeated rumours over the past year that the tech titan is on the cusp of releasing its own TV range. Its current £99 Apple TV set-top box sold 1.3 million units in the quarter ending in September.
Industry insiders predict that if Apple does release a TV, it will most likely resemble its recently launched Apple 27in iMac.