Report claims new component suppliers for the Apple iPhone 5

Report claims new component suppliers for the Apple iPhone 5
Chinese-language newspaper Economic Daily News is reporting that Apple has selected "a handful" of new suppliers to provide components for the Apple iPhone 5. Among Apple's new vendors will be Foxconn and Foxlink. The former will now deliver the iPhone 5's earphone replacing Japanese company Foster, while the latter will be supplying the next iPhone's earphone jack socket.

Changing suppliers for such a small part of the phone might sound trivial, but with the Japanese Yen rising against other currencies in foreign exchange markets, switching to firms located in Taiwan and China can significantly reduce Apple's cost of parts.

While Apple is "selling everything we can make," COO Tim Cook says in reference to the iPhone 4, rumors have started about what new features might be found on the next version of the device. Some of the speculation includes a FaceTime that would work over 3G and a dual-core processor.

With Verizon about to launch its version of the Apple iPhone on February 10th, there are questions about how Apple will work Big Red into the usual summer release of the latest iPhone model. Many analysts believe that when the Apple iPhone 5 launches-most likely this June or July-it will be a GSM version only for AT&T with a CDMA variant ready for Verizon next January. Some feel that this is being done by Apple to lessen the sting to AT&T of the carrier's loss of exclusivity for the device. Another possible reason to stagger the release of the next iPhone would be to give Verizon customers more than just 6 months with the Apple iPhone 4 before a new model is available.

source: eWEEK

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4 Comments

1. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

I think releasing new iPhones (GSM/CDMA) at seperate times of the year is wise. Can you imagine Apple stores if they released a new iPhone for multi-carriers at the same time?! It would be chaos...worse than Black Friday. And the servers that run inventories and cashflow would crash. I mean, even systems that process sales are computers too. AT&T's system crashed when the iPhone 4 released. Verizon's website crashed when it was their iPhone 4 was announced. But both carriers getting a new phone at the same time only spells disaster. On another note, it would be good for them to do it seperate to allow AT&T to retain customers and allow Verizon people to prepare for whats comming. Verizon may even have more time to prepare more benifits to being on their network. GSM is a world standard so naturally the GSM model will be first. I can't wait for the iPhone 5. This will be a carrier battle of epic proportions.

2. Jitterz unregistered

I think the next version of the iphone will be 4G HSDPA for att, LTE for verizion so customers will be able to select a 3G or 4G depending on what they want to spend on there data plan. Kind of make sense so they can carry both the 4 and the 5.

3. BobbyTaba

Posts: 316; Member since: Aug 11, 2010

They better make each one better. They cant make the same phone in January it has to have new features

4. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Now this is why you people shouldn't rush out to Verizon Iphone 4. ALWAYS WAIT TILL THE NEW STUFF COMES OUT.

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