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Apple switching some suppliers for next iPhone

updated 07:40 am EDT, Tue May 4, 2010

2010 iPhone leans more on parts from Taiwan

Apple has switched up the suppliers in use for the new iPhone, a report by Taiwan's Economic Daily News paper said today. Foxconn will still put together the finished product, but Apple is now believed using three companies for the touch layer: Chimei Innolux is making 15 percent of the panels while the rest is split between Wintek and TPK. The American company is also leaning more heavily on Taiwan as a whole, as quartz maker TXC and laminate maker Taiflex Scientific are moving from less than a fifth of orders to 45 and 65 percent each.

Kinsus and Leadertek are belived to be making all of the PCBs for the circuit boards and X-ray testing gear. While the camera modules are believed to be designed by LG Innotek and may use an OmniVision-designed sensor, Taiwan's Largan Precision and Genius Electronic should be the ones to actually manufacture the completed parts.

Production is believed to have already started, as Foxconn has already been receiving parts since April. Apple normally starts manufacturing at least one to two months before the actual release to have enough supply for its planned launches. Based on the company's historical tendencies, it will likely unveil the phone at WWDC in early June and ship the hardware later that month.

by MacNN Staff



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