Apple TV trial production begins at Foxconn China plant?

We have seen tons of Internet rumors about Apple's upcoming, but still unannounced, television product over the last several months, including one which claims it will have full Siri integration. Now there's word that the "smart TV" is actually in production, at least on a small scale. WantChinaTimes.com reports via unnamed sources that Foxconn, who makes a number of hardware units for Apple, has been given the contract for the Apple TV product.

The story states that a Foxconn factory in Shenzhen, China is the specific location for the manufacturing of the Apple TV, but at the moment it's only being done on a trial basis.

This new rumor contradicts a report earlier this month where Foxconn denied earlier rumors that its CEO Terry Gou said the company was producing the Apple TV product.

The Apple TV, which first gain traction via a mention in the official biography of Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs in 2011, has never been confirmed by the company. However, a recent statement from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster claims that Apple could announce the Apple TV product in December and launch it sometime early next year. The prices for these Apple TVs will be between $1,500 and $2,000, according to Munster, and will have screen sizes of between 42 inches and 55 inches.

Source: WantChinaTimes.com

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What could be cool about Apple's offering is if it has iPod capability and can use the applications of iOS. As far as cost, this is Apple. However Samsung's Smart Tv is right in the same ballpark.

The lowest cost I saw for a 55" was 1399 and that was through Priceline. The average cost I saw was arounf $1600. If Apple offers more than it could be a better buy. We just have to wait.

However I woudl prefer the Samsung item

TechieXP said,
NO ! It isn't!!
how many apple cultists do you know? and by how do you judge them being cultists? becasue they own an apple product? what about their shoes? or their car? or even water company? Could it be just people use products that just work for them?

I'm not going to say this is gonna fail right away... I thought the ipad would never get going - I was wrong. Apple marketing will make a lot of people want one, somehow.

I find the voice activation thing funny as heck though.

I find the $1,500 to $2,000 price hard to believe for that size range, if its a good panel it costs that much to start with... a Sony KDL-46HX750 costs $1,499 Samsung UN46ES7500 costs $1,899.99

As if the current version of Apple TV wasn't enough of a flop when priced at only $99... Bundle it with an actual TV and raise the price to $2000 (20x more!)? No, that's not going to sell well.

rfirth said,
As if the current version of Apple TV wasn't enough of a flop when priced at only $99... Bundle it with an actual TV and raise the price to $2000 (20x more!)? No, that's not going to sell well.

Flop?
The statistics show another picture for something that they call their hobby.
The full blown product has potential if priced well, and I wouldn't blindfoldedly trust any analyst.

GS:mac

"Siri, please skip this commercial?"
"I cannot do that. If I do, the station will lose revenue and go out of business."
"Siri, is there any way around that?"
"There is no way to circumvent automated programming unless you permit subliminal advertisements."

*blink* *flash*
*Apple is the future*
*flash* *zap*
*buy Apple* *blink*
*buzz* *iPad*
*iTV* *ride the new wave*

"This would be so much easier on the 'new' iPad."
--- goes to store ---
"Oooohhh. That's a nice TV! ... I'll take 3."
"And 2 'new' iPads."

Apple users: the new 'droids.

Edited by abecedarian paradoxious, May 28 2012, 9:24pm :

I will buy the new Apple TV in a heartbeat... Why?
I hate my no name LCD Pannel. I know the Apple TV will look spectacular and be built and designed to a very very high standard. I know the Apple TV will work with all my Apple stuff. I know the Apple TV will bring something that the other TV's dont have.... I am not sure what that is yet but I trust Apple. The internet interface with apps on my current TV is very slow and painful to use, I know an Apple TV will fix this.

derekaw said,

I will buy the new Apple TV in a heartbeat . . .


I'm not sure if your post was a joke, or the delusional words of an Apple fanboi ... !

DJGM said,

I'm not sure if your post was a joke, or the delusional words of an Apple fanboi ... !

To be fair some of what he is saying is true. The integration should be good with other apple products, they'd be foolish to do otherwise with a product like this. If you've already bought into the apple ecosystem and if you have an iPhone then you are already heavily invested it could make a sensible choice. Assuming it doesn't suck in other ways which is unlikely to happen to such an extent!

derekaw said,
I will buy the new Apple TV in a heartbeat... Why?
I hate my no name LCD Pannel. I know the Apple TV will look spectacular and be built and designed to a very very high standard. I know the Apple TV will work with all my Apple stuff. I know the Apple TV will bring something that the other TV's dont have.... I am not sure what that is yet but I trust Apple. The internet interface with apps on my current TV is very slow and painful to use, I know an Apple TV will fix this.
Well you could have bought a named LCD panel.

warwagon said,
Does the price really surprise anyone?
I paid $1500 for a 42" TV 3 years ago...You can get a brand new one now for $999. Why woudl I pay Apple nearly bdouble for the same? Pleaseeeeee!!!!

Of course there will be stupid fans who will just plunk it down. Bec they dont have lives, or girlfriends to spend the money on.