The long-rumored Apple television set got discussed openly by the chief of Foxconn yesterday as construction started on a new plant in Shanghai.

Notorious for not discussing future products, Apple has still yet to officially address the never-ending stream of rumors surrounding a possible television set. However, that didn’t stop Terry Gou, the chief of Foxconn, from discussing the device at a ceremony celebrating the construction of a new plant his company is building in Shanghai.

According to a report from China Daily, Gou commented that his company is making preparations for the Apple Television, also known colloquially as iTV.  He stated that development and manufacturing have yet to begin, but the recent 50-50 joint venture with Sharp in a factory in Japan was one of the steps that was being made to prepare for the product.

Outside of a mention of a television by Steve Jobs in his Walter Isaacson-penned biography released last year, this is the closest thing yet to an official confirmation that the product is indeed coming.  Of course, with Apple’s penchant for secrecy, we wouldn’t be too surprised to see these comments amended in the near future to say Mr. Gou mis-spoke, was taken out of context or something along those lines.

It seems like a foregone conclusion, though, that the Apple Television is most assuredly coming, it’s just a question of “when” at this point.

[via China Daily]