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iPhone maker Foxconn is looking to set up factories in the US

The controversial manufacturer of Apple products is looking into forming a US branch for possible LCD TV production.

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An activist wearing a mask of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs takes part in a protest against Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn, which manufactures Apple products in China, outside an Apple retail outlet in Hong Kong on May 7, 2011. (Antony Dickson/AFP/Getty Images)

Chinese manufacturing giant Foxconn is exploring plans to build plants in the United States, DigiTimes reports. It is looking at Detroit and Los Angeles.

Foxconn is notorious for manufacturing iPads and iPhones in bad working conditions. It has been the target of numerous investigative reports from the Wired, The New York Times, PRI, and ABC, to name a few.

It has also been a PR-issue for Apple, which has to defend its decision to manufacture products in China, as well as the bad working conditions for people making iPhones and iPads.

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DigiTimes says its unlikely the US plants would be making iPhones because they are too labor intensive. Instead, they could be making LCD TVs which are more automated.

There's been rumors of an Apple TV for a long time. Depending on when Apple makes a TV, and when Foxconn sets up shop, it will be the first Apple product in a long time to be made in the US.

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