RUMOR: Apple in talks with LG, Sharp about 55- and 65-inch 4K Ultra HD TV panels

“Rumors are circulating in the market that Apple is interested in purchasing 55- and 65-inch Ultra HD TV panels from LG Display,” Julian Ho and Alex Wolfgram report for DigiTimes.

“However, the rumors state that Apple is still testing the technology and has yet to finalize its orders with LG,” Ho and Wolfgram report. “The rumors added that Apple may also consider Sharp as a potential supplier.”

Full, very brief, article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote three days ago:

4K Ultra HD (UHD) television plus High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), aka h.265, delivered via cable, satellite, and/or high-speed internet (20+ Mbits/sec) is where the future lies.

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  1. It’s doubtful Apple would enter the TV market selling TV’s without going to the next level which is 4K aka Ultra HD. But the screens still are not cheap enough to make yet unless Apple pulls an LED volume agreement rabbit out of the hat. Even when it comes out it will be like the $3500 24″ Cinema Display type pricing when it first came out. And 4K isn’t really worth it unless you go big and 84″ big 4K right now is still $25,000. Not exactly consumer friendly pricing is it?

    1. Gotta go even bigger than that.

      Human eye resolution at 8 feet away needs a 1080p screen to be 100 inches or bigger to actually see individual pixels.

      A 4K screen would need to be 400 inches or bigger at 8 feet away. That is a 33 foot screen.

      Always surprises me when idiots brag about their 1080p 50″ screen in a living room and they are sitting 8-10 feet away. They would not be able to tell the difference between 720p or 1080p on that setup.

    2. 4K is well worth if you want to sit close to the screen. That’s the benefit most people don’t realize. It allows you to sit closer to a screen without feeling close. That is great for some of us.

    1. The more obvious BS part is that Apple wants both 55″ and 65″ panels. They do not differ in size too much, so it is unlikely that Apple would want this set of panel sizes.

      1. Yeah, and unfortunately I believe that Samsung is actually the best. Never want to own one, though. 😛

        Thank you, Apple, for not being in talks with them, at least.

        1. We are talking about TVs at the moment. I don’t think they ripped anyone off in the making of their TV panels, and I do think they provide the best quality TV set, but I did also say I didn’t want to ever own one, and that’s because of their other business practices. Sorry I wasn’t explicit enough and expected you to read between the lines a little bit there.

          I had a favorite game on my 128k original Mac back in 1985 called Bash Big Blue. It had a little (black and white, of course) IBM logo that popped around the screen and you had to click on it with your hammer shaped cursor. Lots of fun! I’m as die-hard an Apple fan boy as they get, but I’m also capable of rational thought. You might give it a try sometime.

  2. MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote three days ago:
    4K Ultra HD (UHD) television plus High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), aka h.265, delivered via cable, satellite, and/or high-speed internet (20+ Mbits/sec) is where the future lies.

    First, 4K is NOT UHDTV. 4K is a Digital Cinema standard. It is different from UHDTV not only in its pixel count, but also in how it handles colors, frame rates, etc. You can’t display 4K on an UHDTV without letterboxing.

    Also H.265 is only twice as good (on average) as H.264. UHDTV is 4-5 (or more) times the information of HDTV. Even if you find 20 Mbps HDTV acceptable this still means that the UHDTV signal is 40-50 (or more) Mbps — not 20 Mbps. I cringe every time I try to watch HDTV with anything with any action that has an average bit rate below about 25 or 30 Mbps. The compression artifacts are way too noticeable.

    If MDN is fine with lots and lots of compression artifacts, then that’s all well and good for the MDN staff. Just don’t try to get the rest of us to watch that crap.

    I listen to music that is only compress with Apple Lossless (or uncompressed). Maybe MDN is OK with low bit rate MP3s. They shouldn’t expect all of the rest of us to go along with that.

    1. You’re nit picking. Both fall under general term 4K. Dig cinema is 4096 x 2160 and UHD 4K is 3840 x 2160. Slight aspect ratio difference but both are 2160p. Both are labelled under 4K now: 4K dig cinema and 4K UHD. The difference is trivial. I understand they are not identical and yes you make get very slight letterboxing but they’re both 4K.

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