iPhone 5 production rumours point to Pegatron factories

News Paul Briden 11:33, 23 Jul 2012

More rumours emerge suggesting the iPhone 5 is now rolling off the production lines in China

Pegatron is leading production of the Apple iPhone 5 at its Shanghai factory in eastern China, reports claim.

DigiTimes cites anonymous ‘industry sources in Taiwan’ for this latest snippet of info, which follows similar though more vague reports from last week that production of the iPhone 5 had begun in China.

Rumours have remained consistent for some time that the new iPhone would feature an aluminium back panel but the production report from last week put a new twist on it by saying the back would be partially made from glass.

The iPhone 5 is also expected to feature a larger 4-inch Retina display with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a next-gen Apple A6 processor.

It’ll be the debut device for the latest version of Apple’s iOS operating system, iOS 6, which will feature new mapping services, enhancements to the Siri voice assistant and completely revamped iTunes and App Store storefront apps.

Traditionally, Foxconn has been Apple’s primary device manufacturer and it was expected it would be leading the charge with the iPhone 5. Whether Foxconn will be assembling the final product with Pegatron running earlier phases is a mystery.

The source in this new report from DigiTimes also claims that Pegatron has ‘become the second OEM maker of a new version of iPad,’ though whether that means production of the iPad 3 or the much-rumoured iPad Mini is still unknown at this point.

The iPad Mini is rumoured to be a ‘budget’ 7.85-inch iPad styled after the iPod Nano range and designed to compete with Android slates such as the recently launched Google Nexus 7.

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