Apple Supplier Pegatron Rumored to Start Production of the Next-Gen iPhone in Q2 2014
A report from the Far East is claiming that Pegatron has started recruitment operations for a new plant in China that will supposedly start manufacturing Apple’s next-gen iPhone in the second quarter. The initial production of the so-called “iPhone 6” is set to begin at a new facility in Kunshan sometime in the second quarter. The plant is expected to reach full production capacity in the third quarter.
Pegatron will reportedly be sharing the iPhone 6 manufacturing duties with Hon Hai, better known as Foxconn, though each company’s share of the orders remains unknown. The split is likely substantial however as the publication claims that “thousands” of Pegatron workers will undergo training for the upcoming job.
The recent rumor is in line with Apple’s usual annual hardware cycle, which last year resulted in the release of both the iPhone 5S and 5C in September. As Apple looks to diversify its supply chain, Pegatron has bolstered its position as an import player in the manufacturing industry with responsibilities now expanded to the iPhone 5C and iPad mini. Up until now, all premium handsets such as the current iPhone 5S have been handled exclusively by Foxconn.
Source: The China Times