Apple is working on a much-anticipated full-blown television set, Foxconn CEO hinted in a Friday interview with a Chinese newspaper. It should feature an aluminum body, Siri voice commands and a sophisticated camera for FaceTime video calling. Foxconn is the world’s largest contract manufacturer and Apple’s favorite partner that gets commissioned to assemble their products.
Oh, and remember when Foxconn recently acquired an eleven percent stake in Japanese giant Sharp? The deal led to a 50-50 joint venture concerning Sharp’s cutting-edge display plant. Well, that was “one of the preparations made for the new device”, Foxconn CEO said.
One of the preparations could also be Apple buying a stake in Foxconn. Also important, as we explained Apple is likely interested to tap Sharp’s technology to produce Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide (IGZO) panels for own-branded television set…
According to English-language daily newspaper China Daily, Foxconn CEO Terry Gou indirectly confirmed than an Apple-branded television set is in the works.
Gou said Foxconn is making preparations for iTV, Apple Inc’s rumored upcoming high-definition television, although development or manufacturing has yet to begin.
Gou also hinted that iTV will feature an aluminum construction, Siri and FaceTime video calling.
What, no Kinect-like video game console sporting an interface that relies heavily on motion and touch controls?
Such a description appears to fit what Cult of Mac editor Leander Kahney learned recently from a trusted source who claims to have seen an Apple HDTV prototype in person. It apparently “resembles an Apple monitor, only much larger”.
Kahney also wrote that iTV sports “a sophisticated FaceTime camera with facial recognition and uses Siri to initiate FaceTime calls”.
Based on the description, the publication commissioned a designer to create an iTV mockup, seen below.
We certainly hope the iTV – or whatever it ends up being called – will look better than the Cinema Displays.
Apple’s industrial design guru apparently hides a 50-inch iTV prototype in his design bunker so here’s to the hoping iTV looks like a television set rather than resemble a computer monitor.
I guess it would be too much to ask for a Liquidmetal-based iTV, no?