Recent moves by Foxconn were made with the sole intention of securing a deal to manufacture Apple’s upcoming high-definition television, an industry executive recently claimed. Ho Chao-yang, former head of display panel supplier Chimei Innolux and current chairman of Chi Mei Materials Technology, told Digitimes on Friday that Foxconn’s recent investment in Sharp was aimed squarely at ensuring the manufacturing giant lands the deal to build the much-rumored “iTV.” Ho’s comments join a laundry list of reports from numerous industry insiders who claim that Apple is working on its own HDTV that will utilize Sharp display panels. The device will reportedly employ Siri voice controls, the iOS operating system and possibly even a unique new content distribution model. Launch speculation ranges from the fourth quarter this year to some time in 2014.
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