The tech giant looks to move into manufacturing products to complement their Apple TV service.

Not another Apple TV black box but a real 50″ flat-screen TV, “Designed by Apple in California” – and made in China, like most Apple products. Or made In Korea, if the company concludes a new pact with its best “frenemy”, Samsung, the new king of TV sets, the new Sony.

Rumours of an Apple TV set have been circulating for at least two years. In a May 2010 blogpost, Peter Yared wrote: “Stylish, high-end TVs is the last consumer electronics frontier for Apple to dominate, and it will make apps as much of a differentiator on TVs as they were on smartphones.”

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