US technology giant Apple has been working with component suppliers in
Asia to test new TV sets in a possible move to branch into the
television market, a report said Wednesday.
Apple has been testing
several TV prototypes for large-screen high-definition TV for a few
years, sources familiar with the situation were quoted by the Dow Jones
Newswires as saying.
Among the suppliers, Taiwan's Hon Hai
Precision has been working with Japan's Sharp Corp. on the design of the
new TV, the report said, citing unnamed company officials.
Hai, better known as Foxconn, is the world's largest maker of computer
components and produces goods for tech giants including Apple, Sony and
Apple's move into the television market would intensify
competition with some of its biggest suppliers, including South Korea's
Samsung Electronics, the world's biggest TV maker by shipments.
Hai also started selling 60-inch TV sets in Taiwan from last month in
an apparent bid to beef up production of a panel plant in western Japan
used to be owned by Sharp that it has invested in, company officials
Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook has described the TV
business as "an area of intense interest" in a recent interview with US
media, according to the report.
A Sharp spokeswoman declined to
comment on any products the company is working on while Hon Hai
officials were not immediately available for comment.