The initial shipment of components required for the production of an Apple television have reportedly started moving towards Apple’s construction partners, according to Business Insider. The components, according to analyst Peter Misek, are apparently hitting manufacturers with a target of mass production beginning in May or June. The launch of the new Apple device is expected by the soothsayer analyst as later this year.
The components that are specifically being referred to are primarily the IZGO (Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide) display panels that have long been rumored to be heading for Apple production lines, initially with the new iPad. Once commercial production has begun, the analyst expects up to 5 million units to be produced and that it would hit the market in Q4 of this year.
Despite any dubious opinions that you may hold of particular financial analysts, Peter Misek has been right in the past with many of his predictions about the iPhone 4S prior to launch actually coming true (even with people expecting a 4G iPhone 5 up until launch day). However, he has in the past suggested that Apple would be looking to merge iOS and OS X into a single operating system this year. Depending on how you view the changes to Mountain Lion on the Mac, you can read this either way.