The Tiwan-based manufacturer Pegatron received orders for the next-generation iPhone and iPad, according to a report from DigiTimes, a Chinese newspaper focused on electronics. Pegatron manufactures laptops computers, desktops, video cards and motherboards, as well as the iPhone 4S and current iPad. According to DigiTimes report, Pegatron is downsizing its motherboard manufacturing to focus on Apple’s order.
According to the article the release date for the next-generation iPhone will be sometime in September, while the next-generation iPad will be released in the fourth quarter of this year. But something doesn’t sit right with these reports. The article refers to the upcoming iPad as the 10-inch iPad: is that a new form-factor from Apple or is DigiTime’s source rounding up the iPad’s current 9.7″ screen? Who is DigiTime’s source on this article anyway? Pegatron’s article doesn’t attribute a source to their report. Is this from a leaked internal memo? A report from “an anonymous source upstream Apple’s supply chain”? Liang in accounting at Pegatron? It’s a mystery.
The same article also mentions that Foxconn Electronics will be be manufacturing the 7-inch iPad, to be released in August and also lacks citation.
It’s not unreasonable to assume that Pegatron would be manufacturing Apple’s next-generation of phones and tablets, but until we have an official announcement take the news of dates and form factors with a grain of salt.
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