April 24, 2014

Chairman of Foxconn Terry Gou Confirms Apple's Rumored iTV During His Inaugural Speech At New Headquarter In Shanghai


Chairman of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, also know as Foxconn Terry Gou explicitly confirmed Apple’s rumored HDTV during his inaugural speech at company’s new headquarter in Shanghai China. Apple’s take on television industry is in news from over one year now and reports are being weighed by many sources. The company started construction of their new distribution headquarter in Shanghai China on Thursday. According to Gou, the business model of the Foxconn’s new e-commerce services will provide clients with “one-stop” services ranging from manufacturing to logistics and reselling to consumers. 

According to China’s leading newspaper ChinaDaily, Gou explicitly accepted during his speech that Foxconn is making preparations in collaboration with Apple to launch a new HDTV set in market. He also mentioned that the production of this HDTV which he named as iTV 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.

Apple’s HDTV news started almost an year ago but the reports got stronger at the end of last year when co-founder and ex-CEO of Apple Steve Jobs’ biography was released in which Walter Isaacson mentioned that Steve “finally cracked it”. There have been controversies regarding the name iTV because this name is currently being used by UK’s largest commercial TV network.  

According to a recent report by CultofMac, Apple’s upcoming HDTV would look like Apple’s LED cinema displays but it would be much larger in size. The report also claimed that Apple’s HDTV would be equipped with Apple’s latest ground breaking personal voice assistant Siri and iSight camera with Facial Recognition technology for FaceTime calls. All basic controls and FaceTime calls would be initiated by Siri. AirPlay technology which is currently available in all Apple TVs (set top boxes) would also be included in Apple’s HDTV. No further information regarding availability and pricing of Apple’s HDTV was disclosed by CoM’s sources. Analysts also believe that Apple’s HDTV would also support iCloud.

Analysts and Apple pundits believe that Apple’s HDTV won’t make its way to shelves anytime this year. Details about launch of this TV are still scant but Mr. Gou’s comments do suggest that Apple is indeed working on HDTV.

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