After all the rumor and guesswork about the future of the iPhone 5, we at last have a little bit of solid information. Digitimes is reporting today that Taiwanese notebook maker Pegatron has obtained an Apple contract to manufacture 15 million iPhone 5s/4S’. That order will begin shipping in September of 2011, according to other component makers involved in the process.
Pegatron is a notebook manufacturer based in Taiwan. The company previously worked with Apple on the iPhone 4, which allowed them to greatly expand their operations, plants, labor force, and equipment in order to satisfy the 10 million-unit request for CDMA iPhone 4s. This year, Pegatron has shipped only about 4 million iPhone 4s, as demand has since trailed off in anticipation of the upcoming model. Pegatrons plants in Shanghai, China have begun a new phase of hiring though, and their factories have ramped up component production.
Despite its best efforts, Pegatron has not received contracts to produce any iPad 2s, but it’s possible the company will be allowed to produce a small number of iPad 2s over the coming months in the interest of diversifying risk. Pegatron has also lost business recently when Asustek Computer moved to a new manufacturer, leaving Pegatron to attempt a new partnership with Acer.
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