Analyst: Apple considered investing in Sharp to aid development of television

“As it is believed to be gearing up to launch its own television, Apple initially considered investing in Sharp’s LCD business, but the company instead opted to let its manufacturing partner Foxconn fill that role, according to a new report,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.

“It was announced last month that Foxconn bought a 10 percent stake in Sharp to help boost the company’s money-losing LCD business,” Hughes reports. “As part of the deal Foxconn will utilize Sharp’s state-of-the-art LCD factory that opened in Sakai in 2009.”

Hughes reports, “But before Foxconn stepped in and invested in Sharp, Apple considered buying a stake in the company, according to analyst Brian White with Topeka Capital Markets.”

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  1. I’d much rather have seen Apple invest in Sharp than Foxconn. The more of a monopoly foxconn has over Apple’s production, the more careful Apple has to be.

    1. Apple isn’t Foxconns’ only client.
      Sharp might even use Foxconn to build things – so what’s your point?

      Sharp is of interest for other things – I believe displays and engineering components.

  2. I have a Sharp. My first flat screen ever, 24″ for use in the kitchen. 720dpi though, with built in dvd player. Boring black glossy frame as are most, but great color and tft active matric lcd screen with no reflections, yeah!

    With Apple’s penchant for doing what they do so well, I can’t wait for the announcement.

  3. If Apple doesn’t come out with a TV in the next 2 years, I’m getting a Vizio. I like them plus they are more America based than many TV companies, at least that is what I have heard.

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