During his inaugural speech at the new Foxconn headquarters in Shanghai, China, the chairman of the manufacturing company Terry Gou specifically confirmed plans for an Apple television set. According to China Daily (via How To Arena), Gou explicitly claimed that Foxconn is collaborating with Apple to launch a new HDTV set in the television market. Gou might have also indirectly revealed the name of Apple’s upcoming television set, referring to it as the “iTV” on numerous occasions.
A number of different rumors have surfaced about an Apple television set in recent months, with one rumor in particular claiming that the HDTV will be called the “iPanel” and retail for $1,250. As ridiculous as “iPanel” might sound, it could make sense because of the legal problems that Apple might face from the British network “ITV” if they choose to go with the “iTV” moniker.
We also heard that Apple might be working on a 55-inch A6-powered television set that could feature Siri and FaceTime integration. Tim Cook has promised to blow our minds in 2012, so we’ll just have to wait and see what Apple has in store for us in the coming months. With a new iPhone, new Macs, OS X Mountain Lion, iOS 6, and potentially new iPads also on the horizon, Apple fans are in for a really exciting second half of the year.