Newly leaked photos hint at an Apple TV with a 60-inch OLED screen

Apple TV OLED rumors
In the tech world, few beasts are more legendary than the Apple TV. Not the Apple TV streaming box, mind you, but a full, physical television that brings the intuitive, simple interface — and stunning design — of iPhones and iPads onto your TV stand. Every so often, with each new wave of consumer TVs, someone will post grainy images of a purported Apple television prototype on seedy forums. The Apple TV is, essentially, Bigfoot with a touchscreen. Now, it’s been kicked to the top of the rumor mill once more.

On Wednesday, a user posted several photos to the Chinese social media service Weibo, showing what appears to be a TV or display with an intriguingly Apple-esque design.

The photos show what could be an Apple logo at the backside of the display. The user who made the post claims the television has a 60-inch OLED screen, with two black spots resembling cameras on the front.

OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screens, offer what is widely considered to be the best picture quality. Unlike LCD screens, OLED displays don’t use backlights. Instead, they use tiny (pixel-sized) diodes that light up when filled with electricity, allowing the display to turn each pixel on or off independently. As such, they can produce deeper blacks and starker contrast than other display technologies. OLED displays also tend to be thinner and more energy-efficient. There have been rumors recently about Apple investing in OLED production, so it is not out of the question that the company might develop an OLED television.

That said, there is no official confirmation at this point, and we’ve been on this ride many times before. Former Apple analyst Gene Munster predicted the coming of the Apple TV for years, going back at least as far as 2011. As 4K Ultra HD TVs became more common, reports of a 4K Apple television surfaced, as well. Yet again, the developments resulted in nothing.

We’ve gone on the record to outline our skepticism about an Apple-designed television. The company would have to play catch-up with established television manufacturers like Samsung, LG, and so on. And while Apple has billions to burn, jumping into such a crowded field is risky. Skepticism has never stopped cryptozoologists from searching for the Loch Ness monster, however, and it hasn’t stifled the interest in Apple’s fabled television.

The photos, which are blurry and off-kilter, could simply be fakes, or perhaps even shots of a new iMac. Still, given Apple’s rumored $1 billion investment in original programming Wednesday, it is always possible the company could pursue development of a television. We’ll be keeping an eye on this story as it develops, but for now, we advise Apple fans not to hold their collective breath.

Product Review

The iPad Pro is the best tablet ever. But don't sell your laptop just yet

Apple has unveiled a big redesign for the iPad Pro, slimming down the bezels, adding Face ID, and the ability to attach and charge the Apple Pencil. All of this comes at a high cost however, as the iPad Pro starts at $799.

Which smartphone has the best camera? We found the sharpest shooters

They say that the best camera is always the one you have with you and that makes your smartphone camera very important indeed. Join us for a closer look at the best camera phones available right now.
Home Theater

The seven best TVs you can buy right now, from budget to big screen

Looking for a new television? In an oversaturated market, buying power is at an all-time high, but you'll need to cut through the rough to find a diamond. We're here to help with our picks for the best TVs of 2018.
Home Theater

Need more contrast in your life? Here’s what you need to know about HDR TVs

So what is HDR TV? In a nutshell, it’s the best thing to happen to TV since the arrival of 4K. Here's everything you need to know about the technology, what it can do, and why it’s a must-have.
Home Theater

Bask in the glory of your home theater with these 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays

What good is a 4K TV if you don't have the means of pushing it to its limits? Here are our favorite 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays, all of which are nothing short of stunning. It'll make you wonder why you haven't always watched movies this way.
Home Theater

PlayStation Vue adds more local channels, bringing the total to over 600

PlayStation Vue is Sony's answer to live TV without the need for a cable or satellite TV subscription. To help you understand the service, its plans, and numerous features, we've created this handy guide.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: 1-handed drone control, a pot that stirs itself

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Home Theater

The best movies on Netflix in November, from 'The Witch’ to ‘Dracula’

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'The Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘The Good Place’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.

Cyber Monday 2018: When it takes place and where to find the best deals

Cyber Monday is still a ways off, but it's never too early to start planning ahead. With so many different deals to choose from during one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year, going in with a little know-how makes all the…
Movies & TV

Out of movies to binge? Our staff picks the best flicks on Hulu right now

From classics to blockbusters, Hulu offers some great films to its subscribers. Check out the best movies on Hulu, whether you're into charming adventure tales or gruesome horror stories.

Here are the best 4K TV deals for November 2018

There's no doubt that a good 4K smart TV is the best way to take your home entertainment setup to the next level to enjoy all your favorite shows, movies, and games in glorious Ultra HD. We've got the best 4K TV deals right here.
Movies & TV

The best new movie trailers: ‘Buster Scruggs,’ ‘Missing Link,’ ‘Mowgli’ and more

Everyone loves a good trailer, but keeping up with what's new isn't easy. That's why we round up the best ones for you. This week, it's new trailers for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and Mortal Engines, and the first trailer for Missing…
Movies & TV

The best movies on Amazon Prime right now (November 2018)

Prime Video provides subscribers with access to a host of fantastic films, but sorting through the catalog can be an undertaking. Luckily, we've done the work for you. Here are the best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.