updated 10:11 am EDT, Wed May 9, 2012
Alleges new 10-inch iPad due fourth quarter
Apple will launch the next iPhone in September, and a 7-inch iPad in August, says DigiTimes. The claims are based on Taiwanese supply chain sources, who add that Pegatron has landed orders for the new iPhone, while Foxconn will handle the 7-inch iPad. The report further suggests that Pegatron will build a new 10-inch iPad for launch in the fourth quarter of this year.
The timings suggested by DigiTimes may be dubious. The iPhone 4S launched in October last year, for instance, and other reports about the next-gen device have also pointed to an October window. No firm date has been associated with a 7-inch iPad -- commonly and more specifically expected to be 7.85 inches -- but Apple has never announced an iOS device in August. The regular 10-inch iPad has also always debuted in March or April, never during the holiday season. The dates DigiTimes suggests may in fact be more consistent with when new hardware will be in production rather than available to the public.
Elaborating on Pegatron, the site says that the company just recently finished expanding its equipment and workforce to handle Apple orders. It has also allegedly reorganized, shrinking its SI motherboard department to redirect resources to Apple, which may also be a benefit in light of smaller motherboard orders from ASUS and poor gross margins.