China Daily briefly notes (via How To Arena) that Foxconn chairman Terry Gou directly addressed the topic of Apple’s rumored television set yesterday at a news conference in Shanghai marking the start of construction on a new company headquarters facility.
According to the report, Gou claimed that Foxconn is making preparations for Apple’s television set, with its recent partnership with Sharp to push forward LCD display technology being one of those moves.
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.
Rumors of an Apple television set have been picking up steam since Steve Jobs was quoted in his authorized biography as noting that he had “finally cracked” how to create “the simplest user interface you could imagine” for a television set, presumably referring to Siri voice control.