"We continue to view Apple TV hardware as a 2013 event," an Asian research group CLSA said in a note today, according to the news site Business Insider.
The note goes on to note that Foxconn, which manufactures Apple products, has decided to invest in Sharp electronics, giving more credibility to the notion that an Apple TV set is in the works. According to Business Insider, Sharp will provide the panels for Apple TVs.
Rumors have flown over the last couple of years that an Apple TV set will debut in the near future. At the beginning of January, sources were speculating a 50-inch screen, and at the end of January Apple was reportedly speaking to major TV component suppliers. USA Today quoted Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak saying in January, "I do expect Apple to make an attempt [to get into the TV set business], since I expect the living room to remain a center for family entertainment, and that touches on all areas of consumer products that Apple is already making."