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Half of iPhone 6 Orders Expected to Go to Pegatron

Apple supplier Pegatron is expected to win a contract that will see it manufacturing half of Apple's iPhone 6 supplies, according to a report from Taiwan's Liberty Times [Google Translate] as shared by AFP. Currently, Pegatron is responsible for assembling Apple's iPad mini and iPhone 5c while main Apple supplier Foxconn manages iPhone 5s assembly.

The report does not specify which supplier will take care of the other half of iPhone 6 orders, but it is likely that responsibility will fall to Foxconn. It is also unclear how manufacturing of the iPhone 6 will be split, as it is not yet known if Apple will continue on with its bifurcated product lineup that currently includes both the flagship iPhone 5s and the mid-range iPhone 5c.

Rumors have suggested that Apple could produce two versions of the iPhone 6 in two different sizes ranging from 4.7 to 5.7 inches and likely at two different price points, keeping with its new two-phone lineup.

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Left to right: iPhone 5, Galaxy S III, "5-inch iPhone Plus", Galaxy Note II (Source: Marco Arment)

While Pegatron has long been a manufacturing partner for Apple, the Cupertino-based company shifted iPhone 5c production to Pegatron in 2013 in order to improve supply chain risk management, allowing Apple to expand its product lines and prevent potential supply chain disasters. Pegatron will reportedly build a new plant in Kunshan, China to keep up with demand.
In order to meet the demand, Pegatron has started building a new plant at Kunshan, a satellite city near Shanghai where all its iPhones are assembled, the Liberty Times said without identifying its source.

The paper said the Kunshan plant is scheduled to become operational in the middle of the year and start mass production late this year, when Apple is expected to roll out its iPhone 6.
Along with a larger screen up to 5.7 inches, Apple's iPhone 6 is also rumored to include a curved display and a faster and more efficient A8 chip. A report from this morning also suggested that the phone will continue to use an 8-megapixel camera sensor. Though it is not known when Apple will release the next-generation iPhone, fall of 2014 is a likely candidate given Apple's past device release history.

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9 months ago
honestly I do not want a bigger phone.
Rating: 22 Votes
9 months ago

honestly I do not want a bigger phone.


Honestly I do want a bigger phone.
Rating: 19 Votes
9 months ago

honestly I do not want a bigger phone.


So don't buy one?

I currently think 4" is great because it fits in my hand perfectly, but with Apple, who knows, if they do make a 4.7" phone, maybe it'll be designed ergonomically in such a way that I'll be happy with it. But at the moment, I enjoy being able to use my iPhone 5 with one hand.
Rating: 11 Votes
9 months ago
Yes please, 4.7" inch 1080p iPhone !!
Rating: 7 Votes
9 months ago
Ugg

No phablets please!
Rating: 7 Votes
9 months ago
It's getting on my nerves how everyone makes such a big deal about the 5C being "unprecedented" and a "all new phone" that "bifurcated the lineup"...or that it was "a flop" because it didn't sell as many units as the 5S.

The 5C is functionally almost identical to the iPhone 5. The only changes are the plastic shell and some insignificant internal tweaks.

Apple has been selling last year's model at a discount for years...that's nothing new. The only reason they switched it up a little is the aluminum unibody case was prohibitively expensive for a budget phone (I read that here on mac rumors last year - I don't care enough to dig it up). All they did was take the iPhone 5 and give it a new body. That's it. It is not a new phone - it's the 5 with a facelift. It does not bifurcate the lineup nor is it unprecedented- they've been selling last year's hardware at a discount for years. It was not a "flop" - they've never sold more of the old hardware than the new hardware. They may have thought they would because of the shiny new body, but they quickly saw they weren't and cut back their orders.

The 5C is nothing new. It is the iPhone 5 with a new body. They have sold their old technology at a discount for years. The 5C is nothing new.
Rating: 6 Votes
9 months ago
I've wanted an iPhone with a bigger screen for so long. I really hope it's true. I've played with 4.5 inch phones and it seems to be to sweet spot for me.
Rating: 5 Votes
9 months ago
Looking at LG G2 and its minimal side bezel, it is possible to fit a 4.5 inch screen on the current body of the iPhone, keep the Home Button (Touch ID sensor) the same size, and keep the top and bottom bezel symmetrically identical, without making the phone bigger in any dimension.

This way Apple can come out and say, we made the display bigger without making the phone bigger like others. Since, the phone won't be any bigger, no one will complain that it no longer is one hand operational.

As most of you out there, I do want a 5 inch iPhone, maybe even a bigger one, but I just don't see Apple doing it. Why? First off, by going to a 4.5 inch screen, they did make it bigger, so you will buy it (I know I will). Also, by going 4.5 inches they can save the 5 inch screen for iPhone 7 (which will be after iPhone 6S of course).

And we all know what iPhone 6S will have. A kinect like camera sensor (S for sensors), which will have great software to accompany it so that we all want to buy it.
Rating: 5 Votes
9 months ago

4.7" is perfect. Has anyone seen the HTC One? It's 4.7" and it actually looks like an iPhone. I wouldn't mind that size.


I agree about the 4.7" size - it's really a great size for a phone screen.
Rating: 5 Votes
9 months ago
PEGATRON

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