Apple Orders 15 Million of the iPhone 5 from Pegatron
Sources say Apple recently placed an order for 15 million next generation iPhones with Pegatron, a Taiwan based manufacturer. Digitimes sources, from upstream component makers, reported few differences between the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5. They have already begun supplying parts to Pegatron plants in China. Pegatron who declined to comment on the rumor will begin shipping the devices in September.
After losing their major client, Asustek Computer, Pegatron has been working aggressively to acquire new notebook and tablet accounts. They have even propositioned Apple to build the iPad. However, Apple has turned the other way, wanting to use them for the iPhone only at this time.
Pegatron expanded aggressively prior to the release of the CDMA iPhone to accommodate a high volume of orders but when demand was significantly lower than expected the company took a hit of 1.8% gross margin this quarter.
This is yet another confirmation that we will see the iPhone 5 in early September. With what updates, remain to be seen.
Side note: Pegatron should not be confused with Megatron, the leader of the Decepticons from Transformers.