As many of you probably expected, Foxconn is contradicting reports about Terry Gou confirming production of Apple’s rumored HDTV. The CEO said nothing of the sort, according to a statement released by the giant electronics manufacturer.
According to a China Daily report translating the CEO’s words, “Gou said Foxconn is making preparations for iTV, Apple Inc's rumored upcoming high-definition television, although development or manufacturing has yet to begin.”
Newer developments have revealed that Foxconn’s CEO had actually never mentioned any Apple television during that media briefing on May 10th, let alone the fact that Foxconn was allegedly producing it.
Foxconn’s full statement, offered to Cnet, can be found below:
In remarks at a media briefing during the groundbreaking of Foxconn's new China headquarters in Shanghai on May 10, Terry Gou, Foxconn's Chief Executive Officer, made it very clear that he would neither confirm nor speculate about Foxconn's involvement in the production of any product for any customer because Foxconn's policy is not to comment on any customers or their products.
At no time did he confirm that Foxconn was in development or manufacturing stages for any product for any of its customers. He did say that Foxconn is always prepared to meet the manufacturing needs of customers should they determine that they wish to work with Foxconn in the production of any of their products. Any reports that Foxconn confirmed that it is preparing to produce a specific product for any customer are not accurate.
Although Apple may be working on such a product, even having informed Foxconn of it, there was still little chance Terry Gou would mistakenly confirm its existence at a news conference.
After all, Apple built most of its reputation on hype, and a key partner like Foxconn is likely to play ball.