If you aren’t already aware, Foxconn is Apple’s manufacturing ‘buddy’, that manufactures pretty much every single Apple product you can name. Although Apple isn’t Foxconn’s only client, it is the most notable, which is why Foxconn’s rumored US plant has made news in the Apple world.
However, DigiTimes suggests that the plant will not be used to manufacture Apple products, but it will be used so that Foxconn can focus on building LCD TV sets. The anticipated plant surfaced when the chairman of Foxconn, Terry Gou stated his intentions of bringing American engineers to Taiwan or China to be involved in manufacturing.
Apple’s alliance with Foxconn has been frowned upon by many due to Foxconn’s bad reputation for using cheap labor, and, as recently discovered, for breaking child labor laws, with teens as young as 14 manufacturing products as interns, so perhaps a US plant could divert the attention of critics.
Make of this news what you will, but it’s worth noting that Tim Cook has previously stated that he would like to build Apple products on US soil, so perhaps the backing from the world’s most valuable company will be enough to make Foxconn decide to build an American manufacturing plant.