Apple Switches iPhone 6 Chassis Production to Foxconn, Jabil
Apple has rejected the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 chassis provided by Catcher Technology, reports Digitimes, citing sources speaking with the Chinese Economic Daily News. Taiwanese metal casings manufacturer Catcher Technology was tapped by Apple to provide up to 20% of total iPhone 6 casing orders, according to an April report.
As it turns out, the roughly 10.5-million-unit order Cather was supposed to provide will go to Apple’s existing suppliers, Jabil and Foxconn, because Catcher failed to meet the iPhone maker’s high-quality expectations.
According to the Chinese media, the iPhone 6 chassis were rejected due to defects in the connecting areas between the plastic and metal parts caused by Catcher’s anodizing process. Since it could take 2–3 months to fix, Apple has decided to assign the order to its other, aforementioned suppliers.
The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is expected to go into mass production next month, according to Bloomberg’s sources, followed by the 5.5-inch model a month later, just in time for a September launch.