Last week, China Daily reported that Foxconn CEO Terry Gou told the publication his company was making plans to produce the rumored Apple iTV set. There was no direct quote from Gou in the article itself, so the whole story seemed open to some interpretation or mis-translation. Now, Foxconn has indeed confirmed that CEO Terry Gou is not confirming or even speculating on future Apple products, including the Apple TV. The Next Web is reporting that Foxconn said last week's reports are "not accurate" and that it is company policy "not to comment on any customers or their products." This doesn't come as a huge surprise — as we speculated last week, it would be odd for Foxconn's CEO to tip the hand of one of its biggest partners.
Foxconn also noted that "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" — again, not exactly a surprise, but Gou was likely referring to his company's ability to do the job, not that it was actually getting ready to produce Apple TVs. We're reaching out to Foxconn for more details, and will update with any other news we hear.
Update: Foxconn has provided us with the below statement on the matter.
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.
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