According to Foxconn CEO Terry Gao, the new Apple television set will be called “iTV” and production will begin in earnest. Read about the features and possible release date.
According to a new report from China Daily, Foxconn CEO Terry Gao has confirmed that Apple will indeed launch the fabled iTV in 2012. In a candid report, which is making its rounds on The Daily, the Foxconn CEO was surprisingly candid about the upcoming Apple television set, offering details about its production schedule, name, and release date.
The Daily reports that “Apple’s lead contractor Foxconn is gearing up to produce the sets, although production hasn’t yet started, CEO Terry Gao told reporters in Shanghai yesterday, China Daily reported. The new product will be called iTV and will feature a sleek aluminum shell similar to that of many current Apple laptops and products, and will have a similar high-definition display, Gou said. It will also have FaceTime video chat and be able to accept instructions using Apple’s Siri voice recognition program…”
The inclusion of FaceTime and Siri will be particularly interesting, since Apple will be essentially integrating these popular iOS features into a television set, thus crafting what could be considered the first mainstream “video phone” — a futuristic concept that has yet to become a household reality in any other format other than computers and some smartphones.
The Daily article goes on to stipulate that “[n]o release date or production timeline for the iTV has been released, nor has Apple even officially confirmed that such a product is in the works.” It brings up an interesting point, since it is hard to imagine that Apple would sanction Foxconn to leak this kind of information about a brand-new product such as the iTV. Gou also noted that “Foxconn would partner with technology company Sharp, which will manufacture the screens on the new televisions,” and that the iTV will feature a high-definition “Retina Display.” Given the fact that production for the iTV has not even begun, it is now quite unlikely that it will be released at the WWDC in June, leaving only the iPhone 5 as a possible surprise release.
By Michael Nace