Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research has issued a report (via AppleInsider) wherein he claims Apple is planning to introduce three HDTV models by March of 2012. He claims Apple will offer three different models at three different price points.
Chowdhry claims that Apple’s implementation of an HDTV will reduce clutter in the living room, while having 16 speakers for a “complete surround sound experience”, with the set itself will only be two inches thick.
It has been rumored for some time that Apple will be introducing a TV set of their own. After all, Apple has made inroads into the market with their Apple TV set-top box. On the other hand, Apple has publicly noted that the TV market is fragmented and overall just a difficult industry to participate in.
Lastly, Chowdhry has a pretty poor track record when it comes to Apple. One instance comes to mind wherein Chowdhry claimed that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer would make an appearance at Apple’s WWDC 2010 conference. Microsoft quickly downplayed the comment, and of course, it never actually happened. In short, take this report with a grain of salt.