So now Apple’s partner Foxconn owns Sharp, is it time for an Apple television?

Just a thought, but given Apple has almost completed the first wave infrastructure build of its Apple TV plans, which is to say the company has a flood of available apps to enable most of us to cherry pick the telly we want to watch and ditch the dross; and given its long term manufacturing partner, Foxconn, has put the finishing touches on the Sharp buyout, there’s several long rumoured products come to mind:

A real life 5K Apple television, with its own built-in Apple TV.

A better Apple display to give Mac mini, Mac Pro and MacBook XX owners a chance to enjoy the same kind of high quality experiences you get on an iMac.

Even bigger iMacs, come to that.

5K Movie downloads

I can see no good reason why Apple won’t want to move its entire product range to OLED displays, and that seems to be the plan, starting (naturally) with iPhone displays, as this report claims:

“Sharp will set up one 4.5G and two 6G AMOLED production lines with monthly capacity of 13,000, 11,500 and 34,500 glass substrates respectively, with total monthly capacity of 9.85 million 5.5-inch equivalent panels.”

As 9to5Mac puts it:

“Apple currently used OLED displays only in the Apple Watch, still relying on older LCD displays for the iPhone, but numerous reports suggest that the company plans to switch to OLED screens for iPhones at some point in 2017 or 2018.”

I guess most people will be thinking on how these displays may be applied in future iPhones and, potentially, iPads.

Me?

I think the acquisition was and is an essential step toward other Apple product plans over the next year or two. When these plans do emerge, just be sure you recall who suggested they may do so, though as ever with Apple-guessing, it’s impossible to say anything for certain. But I do think the Sharp/Foxconn deal unlocks new possibility for Apple TV.

What do you think?

Let me know below 🙂

 

Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

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