updated 10:40 pm EDT, Wed September 7, 2011
oxconn iPhone 5 production gets up to speed
Apple's iPhone 5 production is now approaching full steam, the supply chain found late Wednesday. Foxconn, Apple's key iPhone builder, is now believed to be making 150,000 of the new model per day. Manufacturing is believed brisk enough that Apple will ship out five million to six million iPhone 5s in September and 22 million for the fall.
The figure also doesn't factor in millions of iPhone 4 units, both as it ramps down the original versions and supplemented the new model with a possible 8GB iPhone 4.
Any early production might not even include Pegatron, the manufacturer intended for about 15 percent of Apple's orders. Although repeatedly referenced in the plans, it might not ship until 2012 instead of September.
Production levels of this sort could give Apple another all-time high in iPhone shipments and keep it ahead of competitors like Samsung that might close in. The rumored early October launch promises to be a major experiment for Apple as it will be both the first time Verizon gets a genuinely new iPhone as well as the first Sprint iPhone. Other major carriers in China and Japan might come online at the same time and expand Apple's reach beyond just its familiar network.