AppleTV Mockup cropped Foxconn chief talks Apple iTV

According to a report from China Daily, Foxconn chief Terry Gou spoke concerning the Apple iTV, a device that has been rumored for a long time.

According to a report from China Daily, Foxconn chief Terry Gou spoke concerning the Apple iTV, a device that has been rumored for a long time.

Last year, rumors about the legendary iTV reached a peak when Walter Isaacson released his Steve Jobs biography. In the book, Steve jobs talked about how he had finally "cracked" an easy to use and integrated television.

Now, according to China Daily, “Gou said Foxconn is making preparations for iTV, Apple Inc’s rumored upcoming high-definition television, although development or manufacturing has yet to begin.”

AppleTV Mockup cropped Foxconn chief talks Apple iTV

Cult of Mac's mockup of the Apple iTV, based on reports from an anonymous source

Readers may become confused by the 'iTV', which has no relation to a real Apple product similarly named “Apple TV”. The Apple TV is a sort of media console for TVs, streaming content from iTunes and computers to an unrelated television set. The iTV on the other hand is a theoretical fully fledged HDTV created by Apple, fully integrated with Apple hardware and software.

The iTV has been compared to the iPhone, which revolutionized the cellular industry. Thus it is suggested that the iTV may similarly revolutionize the television industry, using the underexploited technology of modern television.

The idea that Siri will be integrated into this iTV is one that Techland’s Tim Bajarin expounds upon, saying “While Siri’s speech and artificial intelligence technology is focused on mobile today and tied to related databases such as Yelp, mapping services and more, in an Apple TV world, Siri would instead be tied to a database focused just on finding and accessing TV programs and online video content.

Television was the pre-digital technological pastime, and it is clear that conventional technology is transforming dramatically in the wave of the digital revolution. With the help of Apple, who knows? Couch potatos just might get popular again. 

Source: TIME Techland