Apple TV set designs are in early stages of testing

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Apple is working with an Asian manufacturer on some sort of Apple TV like device. These reports are unsure of it is the same Apple TV that exists today or a new iteration that in an actual television set.

According to the report this new Apple TV is in its early stages of testing. Apple is working with Hon Hai Industries as the main assembler and Sharp on design the television set. Again, we’re unsure if there will be a full blown TV set, but we’ll see. An interesting bit is that Apple is working with cable companies to make a set-top box that has live TV on it. Its to be seen how they go about that and if it will be strictly IP based programming or using something like cable-card to pull that off over traditional copper.

As stated in the Steve Jobs bio by Walter Isaacson Jobs “finally cracked” the method to change the way we all enjoy television going forward and stated that he’d have the typical simple interface that Apple is known for. We wouldn’t expect anything less from Apple.

Apple to release new iMacs Friday

Apple’s new iMacs with their 5mm displays go on sale this Friday with a starting price of $1299, depending on configuration

The new machines include faster processor, low-reflection display and the new Fusion Drive tech which marries a SSD with a spindle drive. The model being released Friday comes with a 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.2 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M for $1,299 (US); the beefed up model comes with a 2.9 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US). These models are available Friday November 30th.

Later in December a 27 inch model will be added to the ranks sporting a the 27-inch iMac  with a 2.9 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with “Turbo Boost” speeds up to 3.6 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M $1,799 (US); and with a 3.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US). You can preorder these models Friday but it wont be shipping until sometime next month.

The 21.5-inch iMac will be available through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. The 27-inch iMac will be available for order through the Apple Online Store and will begin shipping in December.