updated 11:05 am EDT, Mon August 2, 2010
Foxconn spends 100m on dedicated iPhone factory
Foxconn is building a new factory dedicated primarily to iPhone production in what could be a sign of Apple's expansion to other US carriers, reports from China's Xinhua News Agency claimed on Monday. The plant, which will start construction later this month, will be handled by the local subsidiary Futaihua Precision Electronics and already has workers. Over 500 workers are already producing iPhones on a rented line at another factory, the media outlet said.
The need for the factory wasn't immediately made apparent, but the demand for iPhones by itself may play a role. Apple has easily passed previous records with the iPhone launch and is likely to overtake its previous records with the iPhone 4 without changing its existing carrier arrangements.
However, it comes as Apple is already rumored to be significantly expanding its production plans to add support for other networks. ASUS' former manufacturing arm Pegatron is rumored to be starting CDMA iPhone production this month to cater to demand for a Verizon launch as well as possible launches at Sprint, China Telecom and other CDMA networks. A T-Mobile iPhone is also a possibility for a second GSM version.