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Briefly: iOS Facebook hits 8.0, rumor of Pegatron iPhone 6 production

updated 02:04 am EDT, Tue March 18, 2014

Facebook iOS apps add speed, new photo-sharing options for iPad, iPhone

Only a month after Facebook issued version 7.0 of its eponymous iOS app, the company has jumped to version 8.0, offering an updated design for iPad users that makes it easier to post and share on the tablet, and adding a simpler way of sharing photo albums and choosing who gets to see them. In addition, the company says the new version contains improvements for reliability and speed.

Rumor: Pegatron beginning iPhone 6 production in Q2?

Dubious Taiwanese source the Commercial Times is claiming that Apple supplier Pegatron is to start production on the iPhone 6 in the second quarter of the year, opening a new factory in Kunshan, China specifically to make parts and assemble the forthcoming iPhone revision, which is not expected until the fall. Pegatron is currently handling the main assembly for the iPhone 5c and the iPad mini.

For the iPhone 6, reports in other Taiwanese papers have suggested that Pegatron will split production duties with rival Foxconn, which is currently the lead producer of the iPhone 5s. Apple has shifted production away from Foxconn and towards Pegatron on some products over the last year or two simply to diversify producers and avoid problems if one facility or another cannot meet production goals. Rumors suggest the "iPhone 6" will likely move to a larger display size in response to rivals that offer bigger screens.

While the report may have some grounding in truth, it is unlikely that Apple would begin full-scale production of the iPhone 6 so many months ahead of the usual release, as this would weaken secrecy around the rumored redesign and give more time for leaks to appear. Either the timeframe of the article is in error, or Apple could be considering disrupting expectations with an earlier-than-usual refresh of the iPhone line. Another possibility is that that the "iPhone 6" the paper is referring to is another model of iPhone not intended to be the "flagship" device of the line, allowing Apple to release it whenever the company feels it is ready.

by MacNN Staff



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