Apple has begun receiving shipments of ‘Set Top Boxes’ from China ahead of its 10th September event.
Global trade intelligence platform Panjiva has looked at shipping data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and found a number of shipments to Apple from one of its newer manufacturing partners, BYD Precision Manufacture in Shenzhen, China.
The shipments, which were received on three separate dates during August, describe “Set Top Boxes” and “Set Top Boxes with Communication Function” – these shipments could well hint at an upcoming refresh of the existing TV or Apple’s new television product that it’s been rumoured to have been working on for some time.
What makes it so hard to decipher exactly what’s in these shipments is a lack of model number that’s usually listed. The last time Apple received a shipment of “Set Top Boxes” was from Hon Hai (Foxconn), although these came with model number A1427 which identifies them as the third-generation Apple TV.
Whether this is an entirely new product or simply a refresh remains to be seen, although it’s interesting to note that BYD Precision Manufacture is a new supplier to Apple and have previously only shipped products marked as “PC Portable” to the Cupertino company.