Apple to Move Production of iPhone Batteries to Automated Lines

iphone_5s_battery Apple is set to begin producing all iPhone batteries on automated production lines starting later this year, according to a report from DigiTimes. The move is being done to reduce manpower demand and to allow the company to shift its supply chain resources towards production efforts on other parts.

Apple has already automated its Mac Pro and iMac production lines. Other than materials and final assembly, manpower is not required for the rest of the manufacturing.

The move will likely help Apple with iPhone production going forward, as company supplier Pegatron will reportedly be starting production on the iPhone 6 in the second quarter of this year at its new Kunsahn, China plant. Moving the production of iPhone batteries to automated lines may also help Apple avoid manufacturing defects like ones found in a small number of iPhone 5s last year.

Apple's next-generation iPhone will likely be unveiled in the fall, and has been rumored to launch with two different models including one with a 4.7-inch display and one with a 5.7-inch display. The iPhone 6 could also feature a durable sapphire display, with other rumors pointing to a thinner chassis and bezel-free design.

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pixelpro Avatar
135 months ago
I wish they also invested their time in researching ways to improves batteries.

What an idiotic comment!
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DancyMunchkin Avatar
135 months ago
Why all the Apple hate at MacRumors?

It's not Apple hate, it's Socialist love where profit is evil.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
locoboi187 Avatar
135 months ago
I wish they also invested their time in researching ways to improve batteries.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DarkWinter Avatar
135 months ago
I would have assumed that it was already automated to be honest.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tmanto02 Avatar
135 months ago
I wish they also invested their time in researching ways to improves batteries.
Cause Apple aren't already investing millions in doing exactly that already. Do you honestly think that they are doing nothing to try and improve battery technology?
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chabig Avatar
135 months ago
I wish they also invested their time in researching ways to improves batteries.

They do.
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