Apple's Manufacturing Partner Starts Preparing for iPhone 6 Production

pegatron-officeApple supplier Pegatron is expected to start production on the iPhone 6 in the second quarter of this year at its new Kunshan, China plant, reports the Commercial Times [Google Translate].

Pegatron is already opening up a new factory space and recruiting workers in China in an effort to meet orders to manufacture the new phone, says Reuters. In early January, it was reported that Pegatron was expected to win a new contract to manufacture half of the iPhone 6's supplies. Previously, Pegatron was responsible for assembling the iPad mini and iPhone 5c, while Apple's main supplier, Foxconn, assembled many of the iPhone 5s units.

While the newspaper reported production would start ramping up in the second quarter, it did not report when the phone could come out, how many units Pegatron would manufacture, or how many workers the company was hiring. However, they do note that fellow Apple supplier Hon Hai would be the other primary manufacturer of the phone.

In 2013 Apple shifted iPhone 5c production to Pegatron in order to improve supply chain risk management, allowing Apple to expand its supply lines and minimize risk of potential supply chain disasters.

The iPhone 6 has been rumored to launch with two different versions of the phone, one with a 4.7-inch display and one with a 5.7-inch display. While there is no rumored release timeframe for the device, Apple typically releases its new iPhone models in the fall.

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herocero Avatar
134 months ago
Is anyone else upset at the size increase? If I can't continue to use the entire width with one hand I'm going to be pissed.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JohnSFO Avatar
134 months ago
Do you need 128GB of data with you at all times?

Yes. My music, which I don't want to access in the cloud.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
spaceballl Avatar
134 months ago
The sooner the better! Now that iOS 7 has finally brought the polish of iOS back to Apple levels, I'm hoping they can just really build on that with another layer of polish on iOS 8. Couple that with a larger screen, and I'm onboard.

Oh... and Apple... Can you PLEASE give us the option of getting 128GB iPhones this time around???
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JohnSFO Avatar
134 months ago
Oh... and Apple... Can you PLEASE give us the option of getting 128GB iPhones this time around???
My sentiments exactly! It's time for a 128GB iPhone! I'm so on board with 5.5 or 5.7 inch iPhone 6 with 128GB. Seriously, my credit card is vibrating in my pants. :D
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Technarchy Avatar
134 months ago
WWDC in June - Apple unveils the new iPhone6

iPhone6 goes on sale in July.

This allows Apple to have inventory levels stable going into the crucial holiday season beginning in November - after all the early adopters get their phones in the summer.

Please let this happen!!

From what I recall the iPhone launch was supposedly moved to september to capitalize back-to-school season spending.

Personally I hate Apple cramming EVERYTHING into Q3 and Q4 and would prefer they return to iPad spring, iPhone fall, and OSX/Mac summer.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
\-V-/ Avatar
134 months ago
As an avid tech user with a large amount of data, I still have to ask-- why is there a necessity for this amount of space in a phone or tablet?? If people would take advantage of iTunes Match, iTunes in the Cloud (for renting and viewing purchased video) and Photo Stream, I would guess that ~80 - 90% of of them wouldn't get past 32GB of data on their devices, let alone 64 or 128GB. Do you need 128GB of data with you at all times?
For starters... people have data caps... you don't get full reception everywhere and in those cases you can't stream your music or download an app or whatever requires a good signal... iTunes Match cripples your music quality if the bitrate is too high and it will downgrade it automatically... among other things. I find it more intriguing that an "avid tech user" can't understand why we'd want 128 GB iPhones. I still have my 160 GB iPod Classic around because I have nothing to replace it with. 16 GB needs to die just like we used to have 4 and 8 GB options. 16 GB needs to be dropped off and the options should be 32 64 and 128 GB. It really is about time. Also the size of apps are increasing, which makes the 16 GB rather limited now... video quality is going up... and data fills up fast. The average Joe may not need even 16 GB... but if you use your phone as much as I do for the amount of things I use it for... 128 GB would be quite nice. I would buy it in a heartbeat and I wouldn't need to carry around my Classic.

And to the person going on about "leveraging cloud services"... again with data caps. Offline data also saves battery life. The cloud thing is not an argument... and telling people they don't know what they're doing because they just don't get the magic "cloud" is silly. The cloud storage offered is also quite small and if you want more it costs money. Why would I want to pay for online storage that I would have to stream and/or download and use up my data cap when I can have it built into my phone and save both monthly data cap and battery life? Apps, video, etc. are all increasing size and naturally so should the storage in the phone. I don't care if you don't view a phone as a laptop... the mobile devices of today do about a trillion different things and are entirely different entities than they were 5 years ago. They serve an entirely different purpose now. More storage is needed for power users.

And of course they can't do what laptops/desktops can do, but that doesn't change the fact that minimal needs are changing all the time.
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