Hedging its bets, Apple has apparently commissioned a third contract manufacturer to build iPhone 8 alongside established suppliers and longtime partners Foxconn and Pegatron. According to a Chinese-language report in the Economic Daily News newspaper, quoted by Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes, Apple supplier Wistron will get to build some of the future iPhone units.
Wistron announced recently that it will boost investment at its subsidiary in Kunshan from the previous budget $135 million to $200 million. The Kunshan plant is responsible for the production of mobile devices for Wistron clients.
Wistron will reportedly utilize its expertise gained from its previous production of iPhone 5c and iPhone SE for the manufacture of a future, undisclosed iPhone model. The company has declined to comment on the report.
In addition to iPhone 5c and iPhone SE, Wistron is thought to be building Apple’s Touch Bar component in the new MacBook Pro.