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Foxconn chairman teases existence of Apple TV set

updated 11:03 am EDT, Fri May 11, 2012

Supplier 'making preparations,' no development begun

Asian supplier Foxconn is making preparations for an Apple TV set, but development and manufacturing hasn't begun, according to company chairman Terry Gou. China Daily reports that the executive made the comments in a recent speech. Gou also indicated that a recent deal with Sharp was made with an Apple TV set in mind; in March Foxconn bought a 10 percent stake in Sharp for $808 million, helping out the latter company's finances. Apple has reportedly been interested in using Sharp IGZO panels for iPads, and could conceivably use them in a TV as well.

Gou's statement may be the most concrete admission that Apple is working on a TV since comments by former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. In an interview with biographer Walter Isaacson, Jobs famously said that he had "cracked" an interface for a TV. Since then reports about a TV have escalated, most recently suggesting the device will look like an oversized Thunderbolt Display and feature FaceTime calls and Siri.



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  1. Bobfozz

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    These EXECS are so excited...

    they are almost peeing their pants. I doubt if SJ would be very pleased. Apple preferred to "orchestrate" their leaks, these guys just lose it. Not completely however, none have said WHAT an Apple TV might actually. I hope it puts the TV industry on their ear. I remember one evening at a friend's house and she had 3 different remotes on her coffee table! What an incredible nuisance! And the TV folks say they "aren't worried!" I hope they will be.

  1. testudo

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    Re: These EXECS are so excited...

    Apple preferred to "orchestrate" their leaks, these guys just lose it.

    Um, who says this wasn't orchestrated?

    I remember one evening at a friend's house and she had 3 different remotes on her coffee table!

    Wow, three! For what, pray tell? Or do we ignore that, go "Hey, look, Apple has a TV with all this stuff integrated, so we only need one remote!" without going "Yeah, well, my friend could of had an integrated DVD player and cable card slot, and thus need only one remote, but didn't have that". Was one remote for a receiver, which Apple's TV would still need (as in "If you think you need one now for your audio, you're going to still want one, even with an apple TV").

    And with an Apple TV you'd still need a DVD remote, unless you decide "Apple has it right, I don't need physical media, download is right!" which means you'd already have an AppleTV box and no DVD player as it is.


    What an incredible nuisance! And the TV folks say they "aren't worried!" I hope they will be.

  1. gentooq

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    has it been considered . . .

    that Apple, IF THEY ARE DOING A TV . . . which is still actually unconfirmed at the moment, might do something novel like license the tech from one of those universal remote makers . . . even perhaps Logitech . . . then take that tech and integrate it into a remote that is nothing more than a single-purpose iPod Touch?

    or, take that same tech and integrate it into an Appleā„¢ Wireless Keyboard and put Bluetooth on the tv?

    there have to be a hundred different ways for Apple . . . IF THEY ARE DOING A TV . . . to crack that nut, and given the way that Steve obsessed the engineers into doing other stuff . . . like the iPhone . . . I can see it being within reasonable expectation that he would have left a few orders regarding remotes for a tv.

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