UPDATE: Foxconn Founder Denies Confirming an Apple HDTV is Coming
Last week the Apple TV rumour mill was kicked back into gear thanks to reports of Foxconn founder Terry Gou confirming that his company would be making such a product for Apple.
Considering that Foxconn makes many of Apple’s products already, it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for them to make Apple’s first TV. Add to that the fact that Foxconn and screen manufacturer Sharp are in a partnership and we could vaguely see where this was heading.
Unfortunately Terry Gou has now denied the rumours and even denied that he spoke of an Apple TV product, which was originally published by the China Daily. Foxconn went as far as sending a written confirmation to tech news site The Next Web.
“Any reports that Foxconn confirmed that it is preparing to produce a specific product for any customer are not accurate,” the statement reads.
So either China Daily made it up, or Mr Gou’s original words were a slip of the tongue that needed covering up. What do you think?
It’s been a little while since we’ve heard anything about the much-rumoured Apple HDTV, but now Foxconn founder Terry Gou has added fuel to the fire.
Foxconn already make Apple’s iPhones and iPads, and it now looks likely that it will play a big part in manufacturing Apple’s first smart TV, which many are dubbing the ‘iTV’ – of course, they can’t call it this, as it would conflict with the TV station of the same name.
Speaking at a conference this week in Shanghai, Mr Gou said that his company is making preparations for an Apple TV, though manufacturing is yet to begin, reports China Daily. They say that the ‘iTV’ reportedly features an aluminum construction along with features such as Siri and Facetime, although the latter two are most likely rumoured features and not confirmed.
It looks likely that Sharp will be the manufacturer of screens for Apple’s TV, opposed to Samsung, whom Apple has been embroiled in an ongoing series of legal spats over similarities between their mobile devices. Foxconn and Sharp have recently begun a 50/50 joint venture, opening a factory in Japan, which may be used to create the TV.
Apple’s TV has been rumoured for some time now, with many expecting a Full HD set combined with the on-demand video features from the Apple TV streaming box and some features from iOS, such as Siri and Facetime.
U.S retailer Best Buy got Apple fans hot under the collar earlier in the year when it sent out a customer survey asking what customers what they thought about the product – the email was written in a very confirmative way, as if the company knew everything about the product already.
A HDTV would surely complete the Apple fan’s gadget dream, allowing them to wirelessly play files from an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Mac on their TV using AirPlay, as well as various other features. Would you buy one?