Lately, rumors for the Apple TV have been all over the place. Just yesterday, a new rumor suggested that Apple might launch a 32-inch and 37-inch TV next year. Well if that wasn’t enough, a new rumor today suggests that instead of utilizing third party chips from companies such as Intel, Apple is expected to use its custom-built chips like in the iPhone and iPad for its rumored TV. This one actually seems to make sense since Apple is already using custom-built chips known as the A5 processor in the iPhone 4S and iPad 2.
According to DigiTimes, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Advanced Semiconductor Engineering and Siliconware Precision Industries are three companies that are expected to bid on orders with Apple. These companies could potentially build custom ARM-based chips to power this rumored Apple TV.
In addition, the rumor suggests that Apple has already signed a foundry agreement with TSMC earlier this year. That deal was said to be for next-generation “A6” and “A7” processors for the iPhone and iPad, but it’s possible an Apple television could also utilize the advanced chips.
DigiTimes also once again emphasized that Apple is expected to launch the TV by the end of 2012.