Either the chief executive of Foxconn is running his mouth or the much-blogged about Apple television is in the works. At a press conference Friday, Terry Gou confirmed that his company was preparing to manufacture a next generation TV for Apple. The announcement came buried in some much less exciting news about the construction of Foxconn's new headquarters and development of a new distribution strategy. Nevertheless, he did offer details. "
This isn't the first time that the iTV's bounced around the rumor mill, but it does seem to be the most definitive. Last December, The Wall Street Journal's Jessica E. Vascellaro and Sam Schechner had a report that Apple had been talking to a number of media executives about a television with wireless streaming capabilities (key to FaceTime calling) and possibly voice recognition technology (the foundation of Siri). The key to the new device -- and a notion that appeared unambiguously in Steve Jobs's biography -- would be the iTV's interaction with Apple's other mobile devices. "I'd like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use," Jobs told biographer Walter Isaacson, "It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud."