Foxconn Chief Reveals Preparations Are Now Underway For Apple’s HDTV

Foxconn Chief Reveals Preparations Are Now Underway For Apple’s HDTV

Apple's biggest manufacturing partner is making preparations to turn this into a reality.

During a press conference in Shanghai this week, Foxconn president Terry Gou finally confirmed that the company is making preparations to begin production of the upcoming Apple HDTV. Production is yet to begin, so you may not see the set before Christmas. But Apple certainly plans to bring Steve Jobs’s set to market.

Rumors concerning an Apple HDTV first began shortly after Walter Isaacson published Jobs’s biography, in which it was revealed that Jobs had “finally cracked” the perfect TV set before he passed away.

Since then, the device has been the subject of speculation on a frequent basis, but there has never been any substantial evidence to suggest it would ever make it to market. Until yesterday, when Foxconn chief Terry Gou revealed to reporters that his factories are “making preparations” for the set.

One of those preparations was Foxconn’s recent investment in Sharp, which will reportedly supply the LCD displays for the device.

Gou said Foxconn is making preparations for iTV, Apple Inc’s rumored upcoming high-definition television, although development or manufacturing has yet to begin.

iTV reportedly features an aluminum construction, Siri, and FaceTime video calling

Foxconn’s recent 50-50 joint venture factory with Sharp in Japan is one of the preparations made for the new device, Gou added.

That statement seems to confirm that Apple plans to make the set a reality in the near future, but the fact that it is yet to enter production suggests we’ll be waiting for some time yet. While most reports have claimed that the TV will launch before year’s end, one analyst recently stated that there is no sign of its appearance before 2014.

A source for Cult of Mac recently revealed that the Apple TV will look much like the company’s existing Thunderbolt Displays, only significantly larger. It is also expected to feature Siri integration, and a front-facing camera for making FaceTime calls.

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  • Eaton Beaver

    as much as i love apple and would love for an apple hdtv to come out…i can’t imagine it being at any kind of competitive pricepoint with other smart tv’s…i also wouldn’t turn to sharp for hdtv displays either, but that’s just me

    that being said, i’m excited to see what they have come up with, if anything

  • joewaylo

    So does this mean despite the possibility of a lawsuit by ITV, Apple will still go ahead with the iTV name?

  • Aj Tk427

    Hahahaha, yah because Apple would let the Foxconn boss out their Apple TV. Oh the lolz

  • Robin Kanters

    so no rear camera? 

  • joewaylo

    It could still happen. The only question is do you want to use a rear camera that faces the wall? Most people place their TVs on an entertainment center cushioned to the wall or the TV alone is wall mounted. Not many place a 50 pound TV on a coffee stand and position such to take photos from behind the TV of their family.

    so no rear camera? 

  • Tallest_Skil

    It could still happen. The only question is do you want to use a rear camera that faces the wall? Most people place their TVs on an entertainment center cushioned to the wall or the TV alone is wall mounted. Not many place a 50 pound TV on a coffee stand and position such to take photos from behind the TV of their family.

    How in the world do you not see that as a joke?

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