“An unnamed local display maker is reportedly making sample display panels for Apple’s iTV, which is expected be mass-produced next year, analysts said this week,” Shin Ji-hye reports for The Korea Herald. “‘The company is making 65-inch organic light-emitting diode sample panels for Apple’s iTV in collaboration with Apple,’ said Lee Seung-woo, an analyst at Seoul-based IBK Securities.”

“Speculation has been mounting that Apple‘s iTVs will be rolled out this year following numerous delays. However, multiple sources say that the plan has once again been deferred to 2015,” Shin reports. “‘Around 2 million Apple‘s iTVs with 65- and 77-inch liquid crystal displays were expected to hit the market in the second half of this year. However, Apple employees visited this local company in October 2013 to delay the plans to next year,’ said a source close to the matter on Saturday. ‘Following the visit, the display maker’s stock prices plunged.'”

“The delay is reportedly due to Apple’s attempt to shift LCD panels to OLED apart from the shortage of content supply. If Apple chooses OLED panels for its TV, this local manufacturer will become the first vendor, the sources said,” Shin reports. “‘Though the yield rate of OLED panels is still not high for mass production, they are considered to be the best panels for TVs because of its high definition and the potential of curvedness,’ said John Seo, an analyst at Shinhan Investment.”

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