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Apple moving iPhone 5 parts from Japan to Taiwan

updated 07:35 am EST, Fri January 21, 2011

iPhone 5 using more Taiwanese parts

Apple's plans for the iPhone 5 may see it move a large number of its parts from Japan to Taiwan, a . A Foxconn parts wing, Foxconn Electronics, as well as Foxlink, Gold Circuit Electronics and Epistar are all new supplying parts such as the iconic white earphones, the headphone jacks, boards and LED lights where Japanese suppliers like Foster. The American was said by the Economic Daily News to be looking for "more cost-effective sources" after a strong Japanese yen made parts more expensive.

One of the obstacles preventing such a switch in the past may have been patent rights for Taiwanese firms. Epistar recently struck a deal with Toyoda Gosei that would give it access to the Japanese company's patents.

The measures might be necessary for the next iPhone. Apple has already had to raise costs for the iPhone 4 and may have other costs that could drive the prices upwards. The rumored dual-mode Qualcomm cellular chipset could increase the manufacturing costs by itself. Apple's possible use of a dual-core processor and possible storage upgrades could trigger similar price hikes.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. JoeSlater

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +8

    What???????????

    Huh? The english is mangled enough that it doesn't make sense in parts.

  1. facebook_Mike

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    +6

    hehe

    The American was said...

    As an English teacher in Japan, this is a classic line.

  1. bhall7

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Me fail english? That's unpossible!

    "A Foxconn parts wing, Foxconn Electronics, as well as Foxlink, Gold Circuit Electronics and Epistar are all new supplying parts such as the iconic white earphones, the headphone jacks, boards and LED lights where Japanese suppliers like Foster."

    Uhm...WHAT!?

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    or, "the American"

    is just ramping up manufacturing by adding additional sources. Anyhoo... Demand may rise beyond current capacity to ship, so it would make sense to sign on additional facilities.

    I hope the automatic translator software gets an upgrade soon. ;)

  1. facebook_Marque

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    mrodin

    this is interesting

  1. facebook_Raul

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    +1

    it makes sense

    all u have to do is to translate to japanese... voila!

  1. facebook_Jeff

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    0

    Sheesh!

    The writing here is about as comprehensible as the dribble that CNET puts out. PROOFREAD YOU DAMN ARTICLES!!!

  1. facebook_Jeff

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    Sheesh!

    The writing here is about as comprehensible as the dribble that CNET puts out. PROOFREAD YOU DAMN ARTICLES!!!

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