Pegatron to play a part in manufacture of new iPhone?
0. phoneArena 04 Feb 2010, 11:53 posted on
The spin off from ASUS will apparently be joining l Foxconn as an OEM for the next iPhone...
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1. Kappy (Posts: 108; Member since: 14 Dec 2009)
I don't see an iPhone for Verizon until late 2011 or most likely 2012 at this point (I hope I'm wrong). By 2012 Verizon should have a good amount of their LTE deployed and their LTE 4g will be ready for devices like an LTE iPhone. Most likely ATT's exclusivity runs out 2012 as well. I don't have any proof of this, but it seems to make sense. I think there is a chance this summer ATT's exclusivity runs out and then maybe we see an iPad running on Verizon's 4g LTE, which is set to release in 25-30 markets this year with data only, and an iPhone to follow by Christmas of this year or early 2011. This is only if ATT loses exclusivity this summer. I don't think Apple will make a CDMA only iPhone. Only if it will be able to connect to LTE as well. I hope verizon gets the new iphone or something similar from another phone manufacturer. I think the iPhone on other carriers in the US would be good just to offer a choice for consumers. Could you imagine an LTE capable iPhone launched on Verizon for this year's Christmas Holiday?! I think that would be huge (even though Apple typically doesn't launch products or iPhone's in the winter so it may not make sense). But still. I think it would be a big hit. I am only basing my predictions of off what I've read from various blogs and news articles the past few months. I'm not sure anyone really knows what's going to happen. Some of the predictions you read make a LOT of sense (some don't), but I guess it's all up to Mr. Jobs and Verizon. Question.. even when Verizon goes to LTE, they will still be using CDMA for voice for 3-5+ years right? If so, wouldn't a Verizon iPhone require an LTE chip for data and a CDMA chip for voice? or are the new LTE chips capable of doing CDMA voice and LTE data on one chip?
2. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
i am hearing that the exclusive deal does not cover the ipad just the iphone and i also hear that in jun or july there should be a new iphone for verizon roling out. Why wait for lte verizons network is better already.
7. rhomaion (Posts: 187; Member since: 23 Sep 2009)
Verizon's network is CDMA and not used by the rest of the world due to the fact is was quickly out gunned by the technological achievements of GSM.
3. Kappy (Posts: 108; Member since: 14 Dec 2009)
hey I'm with you lol. The sooner the better. I just don't want my hopes up like the last time with the iPad. It would make sense If Apple also has Pegatron and Foxconn making iphones because they need an abnormally large supply, then maybe a Verizon iPhone is in the works. Let's hope!
4. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
I have a tendency to agree with you. CDMA as a technology, on VZWs network, isn't going anywhere for prolly at least the next 5-7 years. I honestly think it will take at least that long to phase out the current CDMA standard. With that being said, I don't think Apple would wait til that happens to roll out an iPhone on VZW. Qualcomm has already come up with or are very close to having a dual GSM/CDMA chipset already. Not to mention, that Qualcomm has already said they are in talks with Apple to provide chips for the Cupertino company. With those two bits of info, I'd say, more than likely what'll happen is a "world edition" iPhone on VZW, and as LTE becomes more and more the "norm", that's when Apple will roll out an LTE iPhone, but until that happens, I don't see Apple making an LTE iPhone. So I guess more or less, my prediction is that it will either be some kind of "world edition" dual CDMA/GSM iPhone, available on VZW this Summer/Fall, or not one at all until LTE is closer to the standard on Big Red's network. But I'm hoping that us VZW users will get some good iPhone news this June! I mean, even if the VZW iPhone is absolutely horrible, and turns out to be a total piece of crap, I'd still as a consumer, like the option of at least giving it a shot. But until June, we're just gonna have to ride out the waves of rumors and speculations.
5. Kappy (Posts: 108; Member since: 14 Dec 2009)
I like where you are going with this. That does make a lot of sense and I think rumors last year said Apple was working with Pegatron to make a world phone. Looks as though they are working with Pegatron this year because they need a larger supply than usual. (Could be they assume a new iPhone is coming a lot of people will upgrade) or it could mean it will be available on Verizon and other networks in the US and worldwide. Let's keep our fingers crossed. I could totally see an iPad on Verizon (not that I am interested in purchasing one, but if they get the iPad they will most likely get an iPhone) this summer working on Verizon's LTE data. Back to the world phone... Even when/if an LTE iPhone comes to Verizon it would be have to have some sort of backwards CDMA technology for the few areas without LTE or where it hasn't been covered yet. Like you said. June will tell. My birthday is in June, so maybe I will get lucky lol.
6. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
I don't personally remember anything about Pegatron in rumors last year, but I really can't help but think that another iPhone is in the works for a VZW/CDMA customer base. I mean they have been dealing with just the one company this entire time for the ATT iPhone, and each and every year there are shortages for the latest and greatest iPhone. I just think that if Apple was doing this purely to make the iPhone more available, they would have already done it with the 3G and 3GS models. So I just can't help but think that since this time, Apple is actually contracting another company to produce iPhones, that Apple is expecting to sell a HUGE amount of them. I yes, it could still be for people who want to upgrade to the latest iPhone, but I just can't help but think that this new supplier is being brought in, because there is going to be such an overwhelming drive from consumers to buy it. And the only logical reason for that kind of a number, in my mind is because it will now be available to people that have previously been unable to have it (I.e. VZW customers). But I'm also like you, that doesn't want to get my hopes up, like I did last year, only to find out that a VZW iPhone is a no go. The other thing people forget about, is that CDMA is used in plenty of countries around the world. Sure it doesn't have quite the footprint that GSM has, but it's actually still substantial. So actually a CDMA iPhone would actually have quite a bit of sales potential world-wide.
8. rhomaion (Posts: 187; Member since: 23 Sep 2009)
Idk but all I know is everyone complains about the iPhone OS not being able to multi-task just like anything else but when Apple makes it possible they set the standard and everyone buys into it. Big things in store for the next OS, BIG THINGS I suspect.
9. Kappy (Posts: 108; Member since: 14 Dec 2009)
It will be exciting to see! http://www.cultofmac.com/repor
t-apple-signs-new-iphone-maker/28891check the bottom of the article. There is a rumor about Pegatrong from 2009.