iPhone 13 Mini to Be Assembled By Pegatron and Foxconn [Updated]

Taiwanese Apple supplier Pegatron will remain a major assembler of smaller iPhones and will share orders for this year's forthcoming iPhone 13 mini with Foxconn, claims a new report from DigiTimes.

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Pegatron has obtained orders for the upcoming 5.4-inch iPhone model, as well as a portion of orders for another upcoming iPhone model that will feature a 6.1-inch display, according to market sources.

This year's ‌iPhone 13‌ mini is expected to be the last 5.4-inch model that Apple will offer in its flagship lineup, owing to poor sales, according to reliable sources. Apple does not plan to introduce a 5.4-inch iPhone 14 mini, with the mini line ending after the ‌iPhone 13‌.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple in 2022 will instead offer two 6.1-inch iPhones and two 6.7-inch iPhones, so both the standard ‌iPhone 14‌ and the ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro will be available in those two size options.

Pegatron is Apple's second-largest ‌iPhone‌ assembler after Foxconn, and in February spent $14.2 million to buy land rights for building a factory in Chennai, India. The outlay followed a proposal approved in late 2020 by its board of directors to spend $150 million on building its first ‌‌iPhone‌‌ manufacturing plant in the country.

Regular readers may recall that Apple suspended its partnership with Pegatron in November 2020 after it discovered that the major ‌iPhone‌ supplier was committing labor violations at a student workers' program.

Apple put Pegatron on probation as a result of the violations, and while supplier's current ‌‌iPhone‌‌ business was not expected to be affected, it was originally forecast to lose some ‌iPhone‌ 12 orders to other Apple supplier Luxshare.

The latest information was shared in ‌DigiTimes‌' paywalled "Before Going to Press" section, so there are no further details yet, but the full report should be released later on Tuesday.


Update: The full report, now released, reveals that both Pegatron and Foxconn will share orders for ‌iPhone 13‌ mini, although Pegatron has seen orders for the smaller form factor ‌iPhone‌ reduce significantly this year due to lower-than-expected sales of the iPhone 12 mini.

While Pegatron is also likely to land a small portion of the orders for the standard 6.1-inch ‌iPhone 13‌ model in the new ‌iPhone‌ lineup, Foxconn will remain the primary assembler for the entire 2021 ‌iPhone‌ series. China-based Luxshare will also become one of Apple's ‌iPhone‌ production partners this year, according to ‌DigiTimes‌' sources.

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Top Rated Comments

bebarhood Avatar
40 months ago
What if the iPhone 13 mini had huge sales? Will Apple reconsider that model for the 14?
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
shakerstevens Avatar
40 months ago
Its a shame the mini is not as popular as Apple hoped, I don't think it launched at a great time in the middle of a pandemic. Its easy to go for an iPhone 12 if you have already had an 11 or XR as they are the same form factor - you know what you are getting size wise, but with internal improvements.

But the Mini - 12 being a new form factor, people like to see it first hand before buying. I've only just been able to go to an Apple store to see one in person last weekend - now I know its the form factor I want - so it will be a mini 12 or 13 for me to replace my standard size iPhone 11.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nikusak Avatar
40 months ago
Poor sales = any other smartphone vendor would love to have a “poorly selling” failure like the Mini.

I think it was still in the global top 10.

It’s all relative, but of course if makes for nice clickbait headlines. One has to scrape something together because the iPhone 12 line has otherwise been a spectacular success.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
yellowbunny Avatar
40 months ago
I hope the mini becomes the new SE. I’m going to have to keep my 12 Mini forever otherwise (love it!).
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
_Spinn_ Avatar
40 months ago
I’ll be interested to see how the 13 Mini sells compared to the 12 Mini.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RobbieTT Avatar
40 months ago

Do you realize iMac is only 11.5mm thick?
Yeah but have you tried the iMac battery life - shockingly bad!
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