“Now that the iPad mini has successfully transitioned from rumor to reality, Apple-watchers are turning their attention back to another of the company’s mythical products — the Apple Television [iTV],” John Paczkowski reports for AllThingsD. “According to a new report out of Jefferies, Apple’s much-rumored breakthrough TV is not only in the company’s product pipeline, it’s nearly out of it.”

“Jefferies & Co.’s James Kisner says at least one major cable operator is conducting tests to determine if it could handle the sort of bandwidth demands that a full-fledged, connected Apple HDTV might generate,” Paczkowski reports. “Sources tell AllThingsD that Apple has indeed had talks with a few large cable operators about some new TV product.”

Paczkowski reports, “But the idea that a[n]…’imminent’ launch is in the works seems harder to take seriously… If Apple were close to launching a new service, it would almost certainly be in touch with TV programmers about new arrangements, and we haven’t heard anything along those lines.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Sounds like iTV’s imminence, not to mention its resultant eminence, was all just a front. Who will claim so next?

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