It seems like Foxconn will not assemble the budget iPhone as previously thought, but its competitor Pegatron will be, states The Wall Street Journal. This is indicated by the statement of CFO Charles Lin’s plans to increase the workforce in China by about 40%. Now Pegatron employs about 100,000 people in China and Taiwan.
Most of the products Apple, as well as HP, Sony, Dell and other companies, is going to the factories Hon Hai – one of the world’s largest electronics manufacturers. However, Apple has decided not to trust the budget iPhone to its main partner in order to diversify risk.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the American giant consumer electronics manufacturing defect is not like the iPhone 5 last year, which results in the scratches on the metal casing. Change the collector also dictated by the need to expand the product line in the face of increased competition from Samsung.
At Pegatron already have experience working with Apple. In 2011, the company commissioned the production of a small batch of the iPhone, and in 2012 she started assembling the iPad mini.
Earlier this week, DigiTimes sources received information that members of Apple’s supply chain have received a request for the preparation of production capacity, based on the release of 20 million iPhone in a month. One model is an improved version of output current model iPhone 5. The second novelty – a low-cost model, which is comparable to the iPhone 4S on the hardware specifications, but will get more than a simple display, processor, and a body made of plastic.
Shipments of the new iPhone, is expected to begin in late June, and the peak they reached in August or September. In general, the volume of supply of these products in the second half of the year is estimated at 100-120 million.