When it comes to rumors from Asia we try to be open minded because most high tech toys are made there now and so it stands to reason that some of the factory workers there want to gain a little notoriety away from their everyday humdrum jobs by leaking information to the local press who eat it up. Most of the time you know that there's likely something to the rumor while fully understanding that it's highly unlikely that it's the full story. And then there's another kind of rumor that stems from those that are just crazy dreamers who turn left on stupid at every opportunity thinking that the more outrageous the rumor, the more believable it sounds to some. Well, today's latest and greatest loony bin idea is that Apple doesn't only have one iTV in the wings, they have three! If you want to learn more, read on.
According to Dfdaily, an online edition of Dongfang Daily, a local newspaper stationed in Shanghai, an insider close to Apple revealed that the company has designed three iTV models of different sizes and types, two of which are ready for production.
These so-called sources were invited to watch internal presentations about the three models at Apple's headquarters. The first model is a projection-type TV sized 13-18 inches and "resembles the shape of a Chinese paperweight." With Retina technology and ultra-high resolution, this entry-level iTV model will hit markets, excluding the Chinese market, as early as May at a price between $1,604 and 3,208 US.
According to the report, "in another presentation that Apple showed several people including the source, the company presented the second model, a 50-inch iTV that features a rollable display." Okay, now that's where I first cracked up: a 50" Rollable display TV. Why oh why didn't my crystal ball catch that one?! Sheesh.
But it gets funnier. Are you ready for the grand finale? The report concludes that "The model, which is supposed to be the flagship iTV model, also features Retina technology and will be priced at approximately $32,085 US."
Surely something must have gotten lost in the translation, right? Well, no, the report actually quoted 200,000 CYN which translates to today's price of $32,116.20 US. Now if that didn't make you laugh, then turn left on stupid.
Today's true report, excluding my commentary, came by way of BrightWire, a business-to-business resource for portfolio managers.
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