updated 02:50 pm EST, Mon December 29, 2008
New iMac contracts
Contrary to a previous report suggesting that Quanta Computer would manufacture the new iMacs, Economic Daily News now claims that Foxconn Electronics will build the devices. The paper anticipates shipments of 800,000 units per month, a figure that remains unchanged from the earlier speculation. Foxconn Precision Components (FPC) is allegedly working with Catcher Technology to produce the magnesium-aluminum alloy chassis, while the cooling components will come from FPC and Auras Technology.
Other rumors have suggested that Apple is planning to release a quad-core iMac in January, based on an unannounced Core 2 Quad CPU that runs cool enough to be used in the relatively small housing. The new line may also feature models with 1,333MHz system bus speeds and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics components.
It is unclear if the change of manufacturer was due to a last minute decision by one of the electronics companies or if the original report was simply inaccurate. Both producers have held large contracts with Apple; Quanta allegedly as the sole producer of the new MacBooks, while Foxconn handles final assembly of iPhones.