Apple Reportedly Placing 50 to 60 Percent of its iPad Mini Orders at Pegatron
A recent report claims Chinese firm Pegatron has managed to secure 50% to 60% of orders to assemble the upcoming rumored “iPad mini.” Such a move effectively ends Foxconn’s reign of Apple’s sole iPad manufacturer. The news comes from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News and cites two local security firms that say Pegatron has already began mass production of the rumored smaller 7.85-inch iPad ahead of a possible October debut. Previously, Apple’s major production partner Foxconn handled all iPad manufacturing as well as the bulk of the Cupertino, California company’s computer and iOS device offerings.
Apple is said to be diversifying its supply chain to better meet increasing demand for its hot-selling iDevices, including individual component manufacturers such as Samsung, which was reportedly dropped as a memory supplier for the initial batch of iPhone 5s. The Taiwanese publication also claims Pegatron will be included as an iPhone 5 manufacturer in the fourth quarter to build some of the 53 million units expected to ship this year.
According to the leaked parts, the upcoming 7.85-inch tablet is thought to resemble the last-generation iPod Touch, while being thinner and lighter than Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad. Most recently, images of the purported device’s housing surfaced, lending some credibility to speculation surrounding unit’s design. Apple is expected to announce the so-called “iPad mini” at a special event in October, about one month after the iPhone 5 debut.
Source: Economic Daily News