For the past few months there have been a lot of rumors about the iTV making the rounds. Apple’s much rumored full fledged HDTV set is nowhere to be seen, the company itself hasn’t detailed its TV plans as yet. Recently we picked up on an analyst prediction that the iTV isn’t going to be released in 2014 as originally anticipated, and that the company will focus on wearable devices instead. Today, famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has weighed in on the iTV debate, predicting that Apple might have delayed the TV’s launch to “end-2015 or early 2016 at the earliest.”
Kuo says that the reason behind this delay might be the costs associated with establishing a supply chain for the iTV as well as the challenges Apple faces in integrating TV content and services. It has already been rumored that the iTV has been delayed due to content securing problems, something which Apple has to work around if it aims to make its offering different from the other smart TVs out there. So instead of a full fledged HDTV, Kuo expects the company to launch a refreshed Apple TV set-top box with an A7 processor in 2014. Whatever the case may be, its always best to take these predictions with a grain of salt. For all we know, Apple may never enter the TV market.