The long-dormant Apple television rumor mill is once again churning thanks to a new report from Asia. Nikkei says that Apple and Foxconn could soon announce plans to build flat-panel displays in the United States.
The news comes as Apple’s chief manufacturer considers investing $7 billion in a flat-panel screen factory in the United States. Foxconn chairman Terry Gou told reporters following the company’s annual year-end party that a U.S. production site could eventually create 30,000 to 50,000 jobs.
The chairman noted, “Apple is willing to invest in the facility together because they need the [panels] as well.”
This isn’t the first time that we’ve heard that Foxconn was considering moving or creating jobs in the U.S. In November, the Nikkei Asian Review said that Foxconn was considering moving some iPhone production to the U.S.
Up until two years ago, most had expected that Apple would eventually unveil an actual television. Those rumors were largely put to rest when the fourth-generation Apple TV was announced in the fall of 2015.
It will be interesting to see whether Apple and Foxconn are serious about building a flat-panel screen factory in the United States. Hopefully, we’ll hear more about this in the coming weeks and months.
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