Rumor: Apple taps Taiwanese powerhouse Wistron for iPhone 5se and 7 Plus manufacturing

The fabled 4-inch iPhone 5se sounds more and more like a real thing, especially with the latest rumor we have to add to the pile of intel we have on it. The latest blurb is that Apple recruited Taiwan-based manufacturer Wistron as a supplier for the handset, secondary to the major supplier Foxconn. Allegedly, Apple outsourced "a small portion" of the 4-inch munchkin to give Wistron a chance at cutting its teeth on iPhone making.

Once again, Apple preferred to split its orders between at least two different ODMs (original design manufacturers) to minimize manufacturing risk, such as faulty components and discarded units. This isn't unusual for the masterminds at Cupertino, for they employed the same strategy in producing the iPhone 6s, spreading manufacturing duties between Foxconn and Pegatron.

Following the iPhone 5se, Wistron will handle a bigger task, which is producing the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, while long-time partner Pegatron will make the 4.7-inch variant. Both will share manufacturing duties with Foxconn.

TheiPhone "5se" (which might end up called "6c") is a follow-up to the highly acclaimed, and still very popular iPhone 5s (2013). Apparently, almost one third of iPhone users still hold onto their 4-inch handsets and anticipate an update. With a refreshed design and the aging hardware replaced with modern parts, the new iPhone's announcement date is rumored to be March 15, where the handset should be revealed alongside the iPad Air 3 and a collection of new Apple Watch bands. Following the event, Apple might put its new devices on sale as soon as March 18.

source: DigiTimes via MacRumors

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1. dancheung77

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

I really preferred 4.3 inch in a 5s body

5. wyepers

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 15, 2016

Personally, that was my favorite too. It's simply the best feel in your hand and it still feels like it's sleek. Ultimately, I think change is good, but in moderation and in the right way. I will honestly say though, if I didn't get my iPhone 5s for free at I wouldn't use Apple products. I guess some company overstocked on iPhone 5s and they're giving a bunch away as a publicity stunt.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You know who, will be along shortly to essay about this partnership. Using the words "fact", and "example".

6. another1

Posts: 157; Member since: Dec 25, 2015

Let's hope not..

8. Unordinary unregistered

You guys complain and complain about this jack wagon and moan and cry about him yet you and many others keep calling his name, practically summoning him lol.... Sigh. The dudes funny. Think about it. Man-boy probably sits on some ratchet beat up sofa in his mommas basement typing away on his laptop with drool sliming out of his mouth, eyes popping out of his head, and veins boiling, like a rabid dog; wasting his day delivering 8 paragraphs of chum which nobody bothers reading past his first sentence.. Of all which always contain at least 96 uses of the word Apple. Just laugh at the bizarre malfunction of the poor chemical imbalance he has going on in his head like I do haha

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOOO LMAOOOOO LMAOOOOO LMAOOOOO ! I'm dead dude LMAOOOOO! You killed it with that one man!

11. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Only thing is when he types fact he's usually wrong. Then he's got a companion on here too who is nerve wrecking.

3. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Hey Techie where are you...? We need you.

4. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Hope this comes with the A9 chip along with 2Gb Ram. If not the A8x with 2gb Ram.

7. Iodine

Posts: 1503; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Good to hear. Hope they can put it out as quickly as possible -can't wait !

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

finally some iPhone that didnt have "made in china" word on it

12. dancheung77

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

iPhone never "made in China" they are all "assembled in China" ;P

13. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Bro! It's just designed in their Cupertino lab. And yes it's made in China. Only Apple says that it's assembled in China.

14. dancheung77

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

I was just being sarcastic how Apple likes to play with words, did you see my wink with the tongue sticking out? I thought that was pretty clear :D

15. hanabi

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

wow how many countries are collaborating to make iphones???? I know some components come from Japan, Korea manufactured in Taiwan, design &developed US .. who else is involved

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