NEW YORK (
) -- If you're looking for a new television set for next year,
intentions might keep your plans on hold, as the company's reportedly testing designs for the oft-rumored Apple television.
Apple is speaking to its Asian suppliers about its plans for the
, according to
, a Chinese microblog.
The Wall Street Journal
that Apple is working on several designs of the next-gen television set.
Apple's manufacturing partner,
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd.
is said to have been working with
on the project, but nothing official has yet been announced.
This isn't the first time we've heard Apple is working on designs of its television set. Earlier this year, it was
that Apple's Jony Ive was working on an Apple-branded television set in his design studio.
There has been intense speculation around Apple making a television set, and that's ramped up since CEO Tim Cook spoke publicly about Apple's living room strategy. In an
Brian Williams, Cook described the company's interest in television sets. "When I go into my living room and turn on the TV, I feel like I have gone backwards in time by 20 to 30 years," Cook told Williams at the end of the interview. "It's an area of intense interest. I can't say more than that."
Wall Street analysts believe that Apple is lacking some innovation, and that could be a huge reason why the share price has declined from a high of $705.07 in September, to a more recent $541.39, as of the close of trading on Tuesday.
Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes touched on this subject in a recent investor note, saying that another product line may be what Apple needs to get the needle moving higher again. "Given the current sentiment on Apple, we thought it may make sense to dust off our views on the potential for the company to enter the TV market - following several reports from us on this topic," Reitzes wrote in his note. He rates Apple "overweight" with an $800 price target.
As speculation surrounds Apple's plans for its television, one thing to note is there appears to be no defining consensus of what the device will actually offer.
Apple already has an Apple TV set top box that it sells.
competes in this area, though with muted success. Reitzes believes Apple is working on a new service centered around iOS, iCloud, and iTunes to enhance its television, making it far different to offerings from
and others. "We believe that the Apple version of TV may evolve into a product that is "always on" with the ability to display a variety of messages, and other key information as well as even act as a video conferencing device," Reitzes wrote.
Many believe that Apple will offer a device that includes FaceTime, App Store, Siri and iCloud, as well as a host of other features that would make users pay a premium price for the set. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster
will pay as much as $2,000 for the device. "We believe Apple will launch a TV in time for the 2013 holiday," Munster wrote in his report. "As we have previously discussed, we expect a $1,500-2,000 MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) with screen sizes in the 42-inch to 55-inch range." He rates Apple "overweight" with a $900 price target.
Whatever the company offers in the Apple television set, it will no doubt be the subject of intense interest and scrutiny. At this rate, it seems like "one more thing" is right around the corner.
Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York