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Foxconn has issued a public statement to deny that its chief executive made comments about preparing for a rumored Apple television.

Foxconn CEO Terry Gou was originally cited last week by China Daily as having said his company was "making preparations" for an Apple television, though development or manufacturing had not yet begun. The English-language newspaper has a daily circulation of more than 500,000 in China.

But on Monday, Foxconn provided a written statement to TheNextWeb, in which it said Gou neither confirmed or speculated about the company's involvement in the production of any product. It is Foxconn's policy not to comment on any customers or their products.

"Any reports that Foxconn confirmed that it is preparing to produce a specific product for any customer are not accurate," the statement said.

Foxconn is one of Apple's biggest partners, responsible for the the bulk of the assembly of virtually all of Apple's hardware, including the iPhone, iPad, iPods and Macs.

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While Foxconn did not issue any comments about a possible Apple television, the company did forge a deal with LCD maker Sharp in March, giving it a 10 percent stake in the company for $808 million. That deal has sparked speculation that Sharp and Foxconn have teamed up to produce panels for an anticipated television set from Apple.

Foxconn has been the source of a handful of Apple-related leaks over the years, though none of them have come from public comments by any of the company's executives. Last April, three employees of Foxconn were charged with leaking the design of Apple's iPad 2 before it was announced, and various prototype devices, including a 64-gigabyte iPhone 4, have leaked out of the company's factories without authorization.
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Yep. Nothin' to see here. They're not making a TV. They're not buying a TV company.

 

Give it a rest. The iPhone nano got a good run, too. It's time to kill this nonsense.

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post #3 of 26

OK. This confirms the fact that the TV is on its way.

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Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post

OK. This confirms the fact that the TV is on its way.

Which will not be assembled by Foxconn... now.

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post #5 of 26
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Which will not be assembled by Foxconn... now.

Well technically Foxconn only stated that the reports of the CEO speaking out were false. They said nothing else like they were or were not manufacturing TV's

post #6 of 26

Snore... who cares?

 

I already have a TV called the iPad, another one called the iPhone, a third called my MacBook, and an iPod for my daughter. This is where we watch stuff now. Oh, and on a Sony HDTV sometimes.

post #7 of 26

Retina display baby!  Yeah!

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So The China Daily was wrong? They misquoted?

 

Or Foxconn is just claiming this never happened?

 

So you can now say something, and a week later claim you never said it, and then it's supposed to not have been said.

 

How absurd.

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Yeah, good luck finding 'retina' content. Maybe in 2050. 

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Yeah, good luck finding 'retina' content. Maybe in 2050. 

 

I say 2k will start broadcasting in… let's see… 2017. Then Super Hi-Vision in Japan in 2022 and everywhere else just after 2030.

 

Apple making retina Macs (not this year, but easily before 2015) will be a catalyst in higher resolution video. Believe you me.

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post #11 of 26

I DID NOT have business relations with THAT TV company.

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post #12 of 26
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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

Yep. Nothin' to see here. They're not making a TV. They're not buying a TV company.

Give it a rest. The iPhone nano got a good run, too. It's time to kill this nonsense.
Just cuz you think a TV is a dumb idea doesn't mean Apple isn't making one. If Apple had no plans of going there I think we would have gotten hints fromTim Cook by now (ala dismissing the MacBook Air/iPad convergence).
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Just cuz you think a TV is a dumb idea doesn't mean Apple isn't making one.


I realize that. However, it's a dumb idea on the face of it. Apple's not in the market of releasing pointless crap. What can a $2,000 panel, whose quality I cannot choose and whose connectivity is in question, whose market does not exist to make money, and for which I would then have to deal with replacing any existing televisions, do that a $99 box already on the market and proven to be a profitable solution cannot?

 

I've never actually gotten a reply to that question.

 

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 If Apple had no plans of going there I think we would have gotten hints fromTim Cook by now (ala dismissing the MacBook Air/iPad convergence).

 

Apple neither confirms nor denies future product speculation. 

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I realize that. However, it's a dumb idea on the face of it. Apple's not in the market of releasing pointless crap. What can a $2,000 panel, whose quality I cannot choose and whose connectivity is in question, whose market does not exist to make money, and for which I would then have to deal with replacing any existing televisions, do that a $99 box already on the market and proven to be a profitable solution cannot?

 

I've never actually gotten a reply to that question.

 

There ARE actually Apple fans that would buy a reasonably decent Apple branded TV with an aTV baked into it.  The margins and ASP would be high even if volume low.

 

Unlikely though.  Cook and Apple stock would get hammered for a "failed" product launch.

 

I still think that pushing AirPlay on a chip to HDTV manufacturers would be the way to go to conquor the living room.  aTV itself is pretty much redundant if you had a late model iOS device.  If nearly every HDTV made could do AirPlay and it was locked to the iOS ecosystem then that's huge win.  I can imagine that an encrypted wireless video chain required to meet DRM needs...that also happened to lock out unlicensed devices (*cough*Android*cough*).

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Well technically Foxconn only stated that the reports of the CEO speaking out were false. They said nothing else like they were or were not manufacturing TV's

 

So, did he or did he not say that? Shouldn't the CEO say that he didn't say it? Otherwise, we've got three people saying stuff. Chinese Whispers to a T.

 

Chinese Media says he said this.

CEO may or may not have said it.

Company PR says he didn't say it.

 

What the heck is going on here?

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There ARE actually Apple fans that would buy a reasonably decent Apple branded TV with an aTV baked into it.  The margins and ASP would be high even if volume low.

 

Unlikely though.  Cook and Apple stock would get hammered for a "failed" product launch.

 

I still think that pushing AirPlay on a chip to HDTV manufacturers would be the way to go to conquor the living room.  aTV itself is pretty much redundant if you had a late model iOS device.  If nearly every HDTV made could do AirPlay and it was locked to the iOS ecosystem then that's huge win.  I can imagine that an encrypted wireless video chain required to meet DRM needs...that also happened to lock out unlicensed devices (*cough*Android*cough*).

 

All Apple needs to do is beef up the processors, make a controller, flick a switch, and Boom! AppleTV running apps (besides included apps, which is an excellent start) and game console. Who needs an Apple television?

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Originally Posted by Macky the Macky View Post

I DID NOT have business relations with THAT TV company.

 

Heh. Liked. (Nice feature on this new forum system)

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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

Yep. Nothin' to see here. They're not making a TV. They're not buying a TV company.

Give it a rest. The iPhone nano got a good run, too. It's time to kill this nonsense.

You know what I would love for people to give a rest? To NEVER EVER say in this forum again, "nothin to see here".

It isn't really a comment and is simply snarky and a cliche now. The phrase on this forums played people!
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You know what I would love for people to give a rest? To NEVER EVER say in this forum again, "nothin to see here".
It isn't really a comment and is simply snarky and a cliche now. The phrase on this forums played people!

 

So you're saying that there's nothing to see in your post of any worth. Got it. 

 

Or maybe you don't want to hear the phrase "got it" ever again, too. lol.gif

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post #20 of 26
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Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post

OK. This confirms the fact that the TV is on its way.

 

Or not. 

 

Folks really need to get off this notion that when someone denies something it is really a wink wink confirmation. 

 

Perhaps Apple is working on a TV, perhaps they are not. Perhaps Foxconn is assembling it and spoke out of turn, perhaps they are not and it was a total misquote. Perhaps this CEO actually said something to the effect that IF Apple should decide to make a tv set they are fully prepared to build it if they are asked to do so. Perhaps he said nothing of any kind. 

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post #21 of 26
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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


I realize that. However, it's a dumb idea on the face of it. Apple's not in the market of releasing pointless crap. What can a $2,000 panel, whose quality I cannot choose and whose connectivity is in question, whose market does not exist to make money, and for which I would then have to deal with replacing any existing televisions, do that a $99 box already on the market and proven to be a profitable solution cannot?

I've never actually gotten a reply to that question.
I replied in the Loewe thread.

Although Apple likes to talk about the software being most important, it really is oth the software and good use of hardware that solves problems.

What're the biggest pain points in TV today? Hardware-wise, it's 3-fold:
  1. Multiple Remotes. One for the TV/input. One for audio. One for cable. One for BluRay/DVD. One for DVR. One for gaming machine. One for Apple TV. There are universal remotes, but they either suck or cost as much as an iPod touch.
  2. Multiple boxes. See above. (cable/DVR, audio amplifier, DVD/Blu-ray, game machine, Apple TV box, oh yeah, and the TV).
  3. Cables! OMG, the cables. Ugly. Complicated to setup or, god forbid, change when you get a new cable or game box.

None of these issues are solved by an Apple TV box--it just adds to the problem.

A true Apple television solves all these problems, assuming cable "channels" are apps and cable service becomes a dumb transport for the Internet.

I just thought of something. What if Apple created a Channel Producer application, like iBooks Author, that let you create your own cable channel app?!It would be like podcasting for your TV combined with local service channels. Sure, there'd be a lot of crap, but there are many talented people who create great podcasts. They could redirect their attention to a TV channel. It would put a lot of pressure on larger cable channels to release their content as apps/channels instead of only through the cable companies.

Apple TV already has podcasts as an option to view, but it's rudimentary and almost an afterthought. What if it became front and center?

First podcasting, then iBooks Author, and now tv channels. Apple is big on disintermediating the big media conglomerates from production of content.
Edited by bikertwin - 5/16/12 at 5:05am
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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

So you're saying that there's nothing to see in your post of any worth. Got it. 

Or maybe you don't want to hear the phrase "got it" ever again, too. lol.gif

I don't think there was any ambiguity in what I said. The phrase, "Nothing to see here" is old and tired and therefor the phrase should be retired. If you want to display your hipster "I know better than this story and i am too cool to be impressed" you'll need a new phrase.

Got it now?
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I don't think there was any ambiguity in what I said. The phrase, "Nothing to see here" is old and tired and therefor the phrase should be retired. If you want to display your hipster "I know better than this story and i am too cool to be impressed" you'll need a new phrase.
Got it now?

 

"Old and tired" is old and tired. How about just letting people speak the way they wish?

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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

"Old and tired" is old and tired. How about just letting people speak the way they wish?

You may speak the way you wish. I'm just letting you know that your comments are lazy, cliche and not terribly clever. Well not necessarily just yours, but everyone else that feels the need to write that now overly used phrase on this forum. The only cliche you missed was picking on Digitimes. Another terribly witty and clever joke that is also overused.

You're not impressed with talk about a Apple TV product. We get it.
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Originally Posted by bmason1270 View Post
The only cliche you missed was picking on Digitimes. Another terribly witty and clever joke that is also overused.
You're not impressed with talk about a Apple TV product. We get it.

 

It can never be stated too many times the fallacy that comes from reporting or believing DigiTimes, and there's no reason we should have to repost our entire positions on matters every single time they crop up.

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It can never be stated too many times the fallacy that comes from reporting or believing DigiTimes, and there's no reason we should have to repost our entire positions on matters every single time they crop up.

You need to make the above statement your footnote signature line then. That I think people would actually enjoy 1smile.gif
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