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Firm in Korea makes sample display panels for Apple's iTV

SEOUL--An unnamed local display maker is reportedly making sample display panels for Apple's iTV, which is expected be mass-produced next year, analysts said this week.

"The company is making 65-inch organic light-emitting diode sample panels for Apple's iTV in collaboration with Apple," said Lee Seung-woo, an analyst at Seoul-based IBK Securities.

"However, it is not certain whether Apple will use it for the mass production of its long-rumored iTV as it is still running tests," he added.

Speculation has been mounting that Apple's iTVs will be rolled out this year following numerous delays. However, multiple sources say that the plan has once again been deferred to 2015.

"Around 2 million Apple's iTVs with 65- and 77-inch liquid crystal displays were expected to hit the market in the second half of this year. However, Apple employees visited this local company in October 2013 to delay the plans to next year," said a source close to the matter on Saturday. "Following the visit, the display maker's stock prices plunged."

The delay is reportedly due to Apple's attempt to shift LCD panels to OLED apart from the shortage of content supply.

If Apple chooses OLED panels for its TV, this local manufacturer will become the first vendor, the sources said. Other display makers such as Japan Display and Sharp, which are also reportedly suppliers of Apple's iPhone 6, are not yet capable of mass-producing OLED panels for television sets.

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