Jeffries analyst Peter Misek has reported that Apple are looking to Sharp for production of new high-resolution retina displays for the iPad 3, but a recent research report posted on AllThingsD suggests that this same technology may be used for the yet unannounced Apple Television.

Misek has suggested that Sharp have begun tailoring their production facilities to manufacture amorphous TFT LCD panels that will be used in the Apple TV. According to the report, the move has left competitors “scrambling” to work out just what the iTV will be and what features it will offer users.

Despite their best efforts, Misek says that “Mainstream TV manufacturers are likely to be at least 6 to 12 months behind in a best-case scenario.”

Apple’s television is expected to launch by mid-year 2012.

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