Foxconn to Produce 95% of Apple's Anniversary iPhone that will begin mass production sometime in November
Today a new report claims that Foxconn has secured about 95% of Apple's orders for the OLED model and small volume orders for 4.7- and 5.5-inch models, while Pegatron will produce 65% of 4.7-inch iPhone 7s and a small portion of the OLED model. A third ODM Wistron will produce mainly the 5.5-inch model, noted the report.
Volume production of the 4.7- and 5.5-inch models at Foxconn and Pegatron are now expected to enter full swing in August, 1-2 months later than the normal mass production schedules of new iPhone devices in previous years, said the report.
In May the Chinese-language Economic Daily News reported that there would be no delay for the launch of the next generation iPhone devices, with the new devices to be unveiled in September, and Apple will begin selling the products in October.
Today, the publication altered their forecast by reporting that Apple's first OLED based iPhone will likely only ramp up in production in the November-December time line, with only small volumes shipping initially.
Recent rumors in the blogosphere have interpreted the delays in production of the OLED iPhone as being due to problems with new technologies. However, it could very well be a strategic move on Apple's part to ensure that their OLED iPhone has strong sales throughout Q1 2018 to counter announcements coming out of Mobile World Congress between February 26 and March 1, 2018.
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