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New Rumors have cropped up suggesting the arrival of an Apple-branded television set, based on its iOS operating system, as early as 2012.

Previosuly, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, also an Apple analyst, predicted that Apple will produce a television in late 2012 or early 2013.

Munster, in an interview with VentureBeat, cited multiple sources, including component suppliers and internal Apple source, to back up his prediction. He added that this will be an actual TV and not just a set-top box, and is most likely to run a version of iOS.

Tim Cook, Apple’s new CEO, however in 2010, said that Apple had no interest in the TV market, according to a MacRumors report.

Apple previously took down its television episode rental service provided via iTunes store, nearly a year after the company persuaded the major television networks.

The decision from Apple came two days after Steve Job’s resignation as the CEO and replaced by his right-hand man Tim Cook.