iPhone 6 concept (ConceptsPhone 001)

The Commercial Times newspaper reported last week that Apple’s contract manufacturer Pegatron is gearing up to kick off mass production of the iPhone 6 in the second quarter of this year at its China-based plant in Kunshan.

On Monday, The China Times newspaper claimed new information saying that Pegatron has landed orders for both large-sized iPhones and iPad Airs.

However, contrary to The Commercial Times story, Pegatron is actually said to start the operation of the Kunshan plant, which is located in China’s Jiangsu Province, in the third quarter of this year.

That facility will be solely dedicated to churning out Apple products. For reference, Pegatron is the primary manufacturer of the iPhone 5c and iPad mini…

The story by Taiwan-based China Times (Google translate), reiterates that Pegatron and Foxconn hold a majority of Apple’s orders for the next iPhone(s).

Liberty Times was first to report back in January that Foxconn and Pegatron would be splitting iPhone 6 production. Anticipating large orders from Apple, Pegatron recently started recruiting workers in China and opened up a new factory space.

The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that Pegatron’s earnings rose sharply on its Apple ties, with earnings growing by 22 percent. The manufacturer’s contract with Apple accounts for 40 percent of its revenue.

Now, the China Times story also mentions that Apple has tasked Compal Electronics and Wistron Corporation with producing a small quantity of previous-generation products.

Compal and Wistron, along with another Taiwanese firm called Inventec Appliances, are newcomers to the Apple supply chain and their primary responsibility is help build iPhones, iPod touches and iPads in 2014.

Apple’s bid to diversify manufacture of iOS devices should boost its bargaining power while strengthening shipment stability. DigiTimes reported this morning that Apple is moving from labor-intensive iPhone battery assembly to fully automated processes that will help keep production costs down.

The iPhone 6 is expected to feature a larger, higher resolution display, a thinner profile, three new sensors, an improved eight-megapixel camera, sapphire-strenthened cover glass and more.

We are expecting the iPhone 6 by Fall, despite several reports calling for a summer launch. Now that the device is about to enter manufacturing, we should start seeing part leaks soon.

  • therealjjohnson

    “Start” this fall? Since the iPhone comes out around October shouldnt they be starting a little sooner than that?

    • momerathe

      article mentions Q3, so anywhere July-September.

  • Vince Reedy

    “6 comments reported” lol

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    So then we shouldnt expect leaks soon..maybe around June/July, but not now.

  • iDude

    I’m having hard time understanding the technology nowadays. Before, the smaller the better – the more it fits your pocket the more revolutionary it is. And now, they are doing the opposite…. C’mon! our pockets aint getting bigger nor does our hands!

    • highNiggaPie

      Speak for yourself I got man hands I bet you can’t even hold a whopper with one hand

      • Butch Danes

        “I got man hands” You sound like you enjoy jerking other guys off with your “man hands.” Go on with that stupidness. I bet you would get a kick out of using a 10′ phone.

      • highNiggaPie

        Wahhhh someone has wittle boy hands too it’s ok wittle baby can’t hold a whopper either

      • Butch Danes

        Can’t hold a whopper? Is that all you have as a comeback, a burger reference. You can’t even reply back with something new. You must really like jerking guys off and eating whoppers.

      • kelvis

        Fight people fight lol just, iPhone makes people fight hahah

      • highNiggaPie

        If I wanted the same comeback I would’ve wiped it off ur moms chin last night SUCKAAAA

  • Rumor= Hoaxxx

    • blastingbigairs

      You honestly don’t think the next iPhone is going to have a larger screen??? Why are so many people in denial???!!!