At a ridiculously early time this morning, news broke from The Commercial Times that Apple will be ramping up production at its partner, Pegatron’s manufacturing lines. Production of the next generation iPhone – dubbed iPhone 6 – will begin in the second quarter, which lines up pretty much with the past 3 years.
Q2 – of course – runs from April until June. And it’s normally the time we start to see leaks from the supply chain appear on various sites and through different sources. It’s worth noting, that although early production runs might be starting in the next 2-4 months, we most likely won’t see full-scale production (ramping up to launch) until about July/August time frame. That’s the time that Foxconn – Apple’s primary assembly partner – traditionally adds thousands to its workforce to get enough units made in time for release.
As for what the next generation iPhone will feature, I’m not sure anyone’s entirely convinced. Some rumors have predicted two brand new larger devices. With screen sizes from 4.5 to over 5 inches being mooted, there’s apparently no certainty. And that’s the way it should be this time of year. Over the next few months we’ll more than likely get even more rumors come through, and hopefully start seeing some component leaks.
Saying that, as much we love to publish leaks and rumors here, I hope Apple keeps this next step a secret, just so our anticipation becomes unbearable by September/October, when we’re expecting the next iOS powered smartphone to drop.