In an interview published by the Chinese newspaper, Terry Gou, the chairman of Apple-supplier Foxconn, said the electronics maker is preparing to contribute to manufacturing efforts for the new Apple TV set.
The "iTV" will reportedly feature an aluminum body, the voice-activated virtual assistant Siri, and FaceTime video calling, according to China Daily.
Development and manufacturing have not yet begun for the product, Gou said.
Earlier this week, technology blog Cult of Mac reported that the iTV prototype closely resembled the cinema display monitor of a current Apple computer, but much larger.
A new Apple TV product has been rumored to be in development for the last several years. Hype over the machine peaked after Walter Isaacson's biography of late Apple founder Steve Jobs suggested that Jobs had been intensively working on an Apple-branded TV before his death.
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