Piper Jaffray: Apple building prototype televisions for potential 2012 launch

“Analyst Gene Munster with Piper Jaffray revealed in a note to investors on Monday that a source close to an Asian component supplier claimed in September that Apple was building prototype models of its rumored high-definition television set,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.

“If Apple were to launch a TV set in late 2012, he believes it would add about 3 percent to the company’s revenue in 2013,” Hughes reports. “With a projected 220 million flat panel TVs to be sold in 2012, 48 percent, or 106 million, will be Internet-connected devices, and he sees Apple selling 1.4 million of those.”

Hughes reports, “With the addition of iCloud and Siri voice control, Munster believes Apple is even more prepared to launch an HDTV in the coming years. With iCloud, users could access TV shows, pictures, and potentially moves, while Siri could ‘simplify the chore of inputting information like show titles, or actor names, into a TV.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: If Apple launches an Apple-branded HDTV, they will sell more than 1.4 million units in the first weekend alone.

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