With Apple’s next media event on the horizon, iPhone 5 production has already ramped up overseas. Foxconn, Apple’s main supplier, is allegedly building 150,000 iPhone 5 units per day.

The supply chain is expected to reach 5-6 million iPhone shipments during September, with Apple’s next gen iPhone announcement expected to drop at the end of this month or in early October.

Digitimes reports:

“Suppliers in the iPhone 5 supply chain in Taiwan have geared up production recently with volume shipments of the new Apple smartphones to begin soon. Production of iPhone 5s at OEM maker Foxconn Electronics has reportedly reached 150,000 units per day, according to industry sources.

Shipments of iPhone 5 from the supply chain are expected to reach 5-6 million in September and top over 22 million units in the fourth quarter as suppliers will ship less iPhone 4 and CDMA-version iPhones during the final quarter of the year, noted the sources.”

Another report has claimed that Apple will sell more smartphones than any other company in 2011, with a staggering 86.4 million units expected to ship by year’s end.

We’ve already heard that suppliers have begun iPhone production, but have not yet installed iOS 5 on the devices. Apple has allegedly seeded the final build of iOS 5 with text-to-speech and FaceTime over 3G capability to carriers for testing. Once iOS 5 has been verified as ready for prime time, the software will be installed on Apple’s new devices.

While these supply chain reports are helpful to see that Apple is gearing up production, the rumor of a second, cheaper iPhone model remains a mystery. Most likely, Apple will slightly re-tool the iPhone 4 and sell it as a cheaper offering with heavy reliance on iCloud storage. Perhaps the rumored device’s alikeness to the current iPhone 4 explains why no mention has been made from supply sources overseas.


  • Mike

    I think they need to produce a lot more than 150,000 units a day to get to that 86 million mark.

    • The 86 million number is including every unit that’s already been sold this year. That’s the year’s total number. Sorry for the confusion.

      • Mike

        OK, that makes more sense.

  • DebTym

    This is the event of the year. Next to Christmas.

  • Scaredy Shroom

    This is starting to become really frustrating!!! They need to announce the damn phone already!! A lot of us are up on our contracts and if they don’t do something soon I may be forced to get a Moto Atrix seeing as the iPhone 4 is very old now.

    • BLTKOR

      What ever they come out with in 2-5 weeks time it will be much better than the ATRIX trust me.
      and i dont think even with the dual core and ram and tv features of the ATRIX iphone 4 is still better because the atrix is not stable in my opinion . BUT if you cant wait 2-5 weeks then good luck with your android device hope you like it in 18 months 🙂

      • Scaredy Shroom

        I know but it’s so hard to wait with an old phone :'(

  • Kenai

    I keep hearing of the 150,000 iPhone 5 units per day production at Foxconn as if it was large – it is not. Do the math – even if they made 150k units from September 1st through the December 31st, including weekends and holidays, that is less than 19M units (122 days x 150K = 18.3M). That means Foxconn falls about 2M SHORT of the projected 85% of the 25M units to be made this year (remaining 15% supposedly being made by Pegatron). With some speculators using the projected number of 30M by Christmas, they still have a long way to ramp up production to even get close.