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Foxconn already building next-generation iPhone?

updated 11:30 am EST, Thu December 10, 2009

Company may need extended run-up

A long-time Apple manufacturing partner, Foxconn, has already received an order to begin building the next-generation iPhone, says Mobile Review editor Eldar Murtazin. While it is not known if Foxconn has begun the production process, the company could require a lengthy headstart to meet demand. The iPhone 3GS is already available in dozens of countries, meaning that any future phone would require millions of units to be ready for launch.

Features of the updated hardware remain relatively unknown. Thanks to the purchase of PA Semi, Apple is believed to be working on its own ARM-based chipset, possibly one using a dual-core Cortex A9 processor. The device could also incorporate an RFID scanner, which might simplify store checkouts, and even automatic configuration for Mac or AirPort Wi-Fi settings.

Apple may also be looking to add Verizon as an American iPhone carrier, which would require a new cellular chipset to support Verizon's CDMA- and EVDO-based network. The iPhone's Maps function may simultaneously gain first-party enhancements, as a result of the recent acquisition of Placebase. Google itself is likely to port over its Maps Navigation feature from Android phones.




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  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Why would there be so much demand?

    People just bought the 3GS. There contracts won't end for some time. Who's going to be buying all these iPhones.

  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Too soon

    This is too soon to be the next generation iPhone. These won't go on sale until June or July of next year. I think it is much more likely that it's a minor revision-- perhaps a localized version, or a different storage capacity.

  1. legacyb4

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Why demand?

    All those people who bought the original 3G plus those (like me) who don't own one yet and are waiting for something for whatever comes after the 3Gs.

  1. facebook_Bruce

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    Joined: Dec 2009

    -2

    Different Target Market

    If true, it would probably have a different feature set, and/or phone company. Fewer features, lower pricing or perhaps sold by someone besides AT&T. They've gone after the cream at the top of the market, they may now be looking for more volume at a lower price point. How about an iPhone that doesn't have a data plan, but can still hook up to the Net over WiFi... Would that be a Semi-Smart Phone?

  1. mallen23039

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Re: Different Target Market

    A iPhone that does not have a data plan, but, can still hook up to the Net over Wifi would be a iPod Touch.

  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Re: Different Target Market

    Not if it works as a phone.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Geesh

    First off, they received an order to 'begin building', which could just as easy be to start up the manufacturing of some sample headsets to start using for testing.

    It also could, as the article suggests, be a new model specific for Apple (and possibly other companies in the future) to use in their Apple stores. A current iPhone/iPod might work for checkout, but they could ease the clunkiness of the process with some built-in features (like the RFID reader that is mentioned, for there is no reason the average phone user is going to care about such a thing).

    And it could just as easily be a CDMA or CDMA/GSM phone for use on other networks.

    And this is all talk probably from some 'source' to some 'reporter' with no information except "we got an order!".

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Also...

    Remember, they might want to stockpile a bit, combining apple specific orders, example units, and ramp-up all in one swoop.

    - A

  1. edinburghmac

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Phone replacements

    One of the things about mobile phones / contracts is that a large number of people expect a new handset with a new contract. All of the people who were buying iPhone 3G's in 2008 will be coming to the end of their contracts in 2010 and looking for an upgrade (my iPhone 3G contract is up in january). I will likely go over to a Pay-As-You-Go contract then but could be tempted to sign up to a contract in the summer if there is a new iPhone being released (the 3GS doesn't have enough differentiating features from the 3G for me). Apple have already been successful in reselling iPods with a yearly upgrade cycle and I'm sure they wouldn't mind repeating this with iPhones.

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