Again, Apple seen on the verge of launching smart HDTV

Industry watchers and tea leaf readers are again signaling that Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) will launch an Internet-connected HDTV by the end of 2011.

AppleInsider quoted a report from Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White who said he received "data points" about the potential launch while attending a China electronics trade show. White's belief is that an Apple Smart TV "would go well beyond the miniature $99 second generation Apple TV that the company released last fall and provide a full-blown TV product for consumers."

Another Apple-centric pub, took a more tempered approach to White's report, noting that while there is "certainly a lot more that can be done with a fancy new smart television ... that doesn't exactly mean that Apple's on the verge of pumping out 40-inch televisions any time soon."

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