Apple has already placed orders for the next-generation iPhone – Foxconn (or Hon Hai Precision Industry) will manufacture both models – and iPhone 5s and 5c orders have been transferred to Wistron, according to sources from the upstream supply chain speaking with Digitimes.
The iPhone 6 is said to be coming in two different versions: 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models. Foxconn has been awarded 70% of the total 4.7-inch model orders, and the remaining 30% has gone to Pegatron. The sources don’t mention an order split for the bigger, 5.5-inch model, so it seems that Foxconn may have got 100%.
The Digitimes report apparently corroborates an earlier report claiming that the bigger version would arrive a bit later than the 4.7-inch model, as the report claims that the mass production of 4.7-inch model will start in July, and that of the 5.5-inch model, a month later.
The 4- and 4.7-inch iPhones will be the main sales force of Apple for 2014. Foxconn’s plants in Zhengzhou, China are expected to start supplying the 4.7-inch model in July and start manufacturing the 5.5-inch one in August.
Earlier this month, a source speaking with the Commercial Times said Pegatron had secured 15% of the total 4.7-inch iPhone 6 orders, while a January report suggested that the company had received half of all orders.