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Is Apple looking to build a TV?

February 18, 2011 |  5:52 pm

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Apple might be exploring getting into the TV business -- or at least making power supplies for televisions.

The Cupertino, Calif., tech firm recently posted a new job listing on its website for an "AC/DC power supply design engineer."

The company says the engineer it's looking for would "work on the forefront of new power management designs and technologies ... for Apple's next generation Macintosh platforms spanning from notebook computers, desktop computers, servers, standalone displays and TV."

Apple recently discontinued its line of Xserve computers, but has said it's working on a new dedicated server computer offering. Until then, those looking for Mac servers can choose from Mac Pro desktops or Mac Minis to fill in.

Apple does have an product designed to work with televisions, the AppleTV, which is a small black box about the size of a hockey puck used for streaming music and video over the Internet and connecting to iTunes.

But the AppleTV is decidedly different from a television, competing more with the Boxee Box and Roku. The device connects to TVs using an HDMI cable and sells for $99.

Interestingly enough, Apple's computer monitors, which it calls a Cinema Display, have no HDMI inputs and can't work with an Apple TV.

Apple's Cinema Displays, which are only available in a 27-inch screen size, feature LED backlighting, but so far none of the company's monitors have ever been built with a TV tuner.

Officials at Apple were unavailable for comment Friday morning.

A shout-out goes to the blog 9to5mac.com which was among the first to report the job listing.

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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

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 Image: A screen shot of an Apple job listing looking for a power supply engineer who might work on televisions.

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