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Apple Reported Testing TV Prototypes

The testing is apparently in its early days

Well, there may actually be an Apple TV in our future.

The Wall Street Journal says the company is working with Asian component suppliers and testing large-screen high-resolution TV prototypes.

The testing is apparently in its early days and involves Foxconn, which assembles the iPhone and iPad, and Sharp.

Apple has reportedly been testing TV prototypes internally for several years, but it's unclear if it will bring such a thing to market.

The Journal points out that such a move is likely to annoy Samsung, the world's biggest TV maker by shipment and a major supplier of components to Apple. Their relationship is shot through with holes already because of their litigation over Android.

Foxconn is already building 60-inch TVs for California-based Vizio using LCD panels from Sharp.

Foxconn chairman Terry Gou has a 37.6% interest in a Sharp LCD plant.

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently told NBC News "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. It's an area of intense interest. I can't say more than that."

The company has also been talking to US cable operators about letting consumers use an Apple set-top box. The $99 gadget lets users view some Internet video on their TVs but doesn't offer traditional channel programming.

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