“Recent bill of lading information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security shows Apple recently took three shipments of a “Set Top Boxes” from a known partner supplier in China, suggesting the company may be planning to unveil a new Apple TV at a special event on Sept. 10,” AppleInsider reports.

“The logs, discovered by global trade research firm Panjiva, show Apple took delivery of three shipments from mid to late August from BYD Precision Manufacture in Shenzhen, China,” AppleInsider reports. “Each bill of lading refer to the contents as some form of ‘Set Top Boxes.’”

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Om Malik reports for GigaOM, “On August 25th, Apple received a shipment described as ‘Set Top Box with Communication Function’ from BYD Precision Manufacture in Shenzhen, China. On August 18th, Apple received another shipment, again from BYD, described as ‘Set Top Boxes.’ And on August 11th, Apple received its first shipment from BYD of ‘Set Top Box with Communication Function.’”

“Since Panjiva doesn’t have exact shape and size of the shipments, the best the company can do is guess as to what are these mysterious set-top boxes,” Malik reports. “It could be the newer version of the current Apple TV product, the much speculated-about television product or something brand new we don’t know anything about.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers "Fred Mertz" and "Edward W." for the heads up.]