If recent reports from DigiTimes are accurate, Foxconn, the company that does the actual manufacturing of the iPhone, has ramped up production of the iPhone 5 considerably. In fact, according to industry sources, the company has recently been pumping out 150,000 next-gen iPhones every day!
Lens maker Largan Precision, touch panel maker TPK Holding, reinforced glass supplier G-Tech Optoelectronics and battery vendors Simplo and Dynapack are all operating at full swing currently, the sources indicated.
iPhone 5 shipments are expected to fall somewhere in the 5-6 million unit range in September, with that number increasing drastically to 22 million units in the fourth quarter.
What’s more, Pegatron Technology, another manufacturer that has been linked to the iPhone 5, has reportedly signed a contract with Apple to handle about 15% of iPhone 5 orders. The Pegatron iPhones probably won’t hit the shelves until 2012, though, which contradicts earlier rumors that these would be some of the first iPh5s out there. But, as far as consumers are concerned, the manufacturer doesn’t matter much as long as the phone is good. And, if the past is any indication of the future, it will be.
This staggering number of iPhone 5s will hopefully alleviate some of the issues that have plagued Apple device launches in the past. There’s no need to remind you how difficult it was to pick up an iPad 2 when it launched, and the iPhone 4 was similarly hard to obtain for quite some time. This time around, though, it appears Apple has really got its act together and done what it needs to do to meet the demand of the customers.
What do you think – will we still run into inventory issues, or will Apple be able to handle the flood of people snatching this handset off the shelves? Personally I think it’ll be better than it has been in the past, but the problem will still exist. There’s such an absurd amount of people waiting to get their hands on one, that there’s no way Apple can make an iPhone 5 for everyone right away.
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