While there has been numerous rumors about Apple working on a HDTV, today is the first time someone within Apple’s product chain has confirmed the existence of the TV set.
According to China Daily, Foxconn’s (Apple’s main manufacturer) CEO Terry Gou said Apple is in fact making preparations for an iTV, although development or manufacturing has yet to begin.
“Foxconn’s recent 50-50 joint venture factory with Sharp in Japan is one of the preparations made for the new device,” Gou added.
The TV set will reportedly feature an aluminum construction, Siri, and FaceTime video calling.
Today’s confirmation by Tery Gou makes it clear that Apple is working on an Apple TV set, but there are no details on when the TV will go into production or when Apple will unveil the new product.
Cult of Mac recently reported that an unnamed source has seen the Apple TV set and it will look very similar to Apple’s current lineup of Cinema Display monitors.
Update: FoxConn has issued a statement denying that CEO, Terry Gou commented on Apple preparing any specific product.
In remarks at a media briefing during the groundbreaking of Foxconn’s new China headquarters in Shanghai on May 10, Terry Gou, Foxconn’s Chief Executive Officer, made it very clear that he would neither confirm nor speculate about Foxconn’s involvement in the production of any product for any customer because Foxconn’s policy is not to comment on any customers or their products.
At no time did he confirm that Foxconn was in development or manufacturing stages for any product for any of its customers. He did say that Foxconn is always prepared to meet the manufacturing needs of customers should they determine that they wish to work with Foxconn in the production of any of their products. Any reports that Foxconn confirmed that it is preparing to produce a specific product for any customer are not accurate.