Apple HDTV Is Coming, Says Manufacturing Partner
(May 14, 2012)
-- Foxconn, an Apple manufacturing partner, says it's preparing
its facilities in mainland China to produce the much-anticipated
That's according to an article by China Daily, as reported by
Rumors have circulated for more than a year that Apple will
launch a company-branded HDTV designed to revolutionize the TV
industry (and bring more profits to Apple coffers.) But until
now, the rumors have been vague and largely based on forecasts
from Wall Street analysts.
But in a press conference last week to discuss the company's
future, Foxconn CEO Terry Gou let slip that the facilities are
being prepared. However, he added that "developing or
manufacturing has yet to begin."
Gou's comment would seem to suggest that it could be at least a
year before the set reaches store shelves, if then. That would
dovetail with J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz who predicts
that Apple will not launch the product until 2014.
Apple, which reportedly wants to offer a new way of providing
programming services, might need more time to secure
partnerships with content providers, such as the Hollywood
Also: Just because Foxconn is preparing facilities, that doesn't
mean Apple has to eventually use them to produce the set.
The company could ultimately decide that it doesn't want to
enter the ultra-competitive TV manufacturing business. ______________________________________________________________________________