Apple may be cutting back on iPhone 6s orders

Despite the iPhone 6s’ record-shattering 13 million unit sales in its first three days, reports coming out of Apple’s supply chain suggest that manufacturer Pegatron has stopped operating several of its iPhone 6s production lines in Shanghai — and may even be laying off some employees who were hired to work on the handset. While this has the distinct feel of […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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Another Apple partner accused of unsafe worker conditions

One of Apple’s supply chain iPhone manufacturers is under fire for unsafe and illegal labor practices — and for once it’s not Foxconn. This time the company is Pegatron, which worker rights group China Labor Watch says has not cleaned up its act, despite Apple claiming that it would investigate it back in 2013 after 86 labour rights violations […]

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‘iPhone 6s’ Mass Production Ramping Up in Late August Ahead of Mid-September Debut

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today provided more information on the launch of the next series of iPhones, the so-called „iPhone 6s“ and „iPhone 6s Plus,“ noting that mass production on the smartphone line will begin in late August, according to Taiwan’s Central News Agency [Google Translate] (via GforGames). The production ramp-up will reportedly come roughly 1-2 weeks later than originally expected, but the change should not affect Apple’s launch plans, which are anticipated involve a mid-September debut as has been typical for the past several years.

iPhone 6s display assembly
The analyst notes that Foxconn is manufacturing 60 percent of all iPhone 6s models, with Pegatron taking the remaining 40 percent. Foxconn will reportedly handle all of the manufacturing for the larger-screened „iPhone 6s Plus.“

Components for the iPhone 6s such as A9 chips and Force Touch-equipped display panels have been said to have been in production for several weeks now, and all of these components will be brought together at Foxconn’s and Pegatron’s facilities for final assembly.

Apple is facing increasing demand for the new line of iPhones, and a few of Foxconn’s factories – such as the one in Zhengzhou – are rumored to be ramping up overtime for employees heading into mass production just to be able to meet demand. GforGames also notes that slowing production of the iPhone 6 line ahead of the updated models is providing some breathing room for the manufacturing and production of the new iPhones.

Earlier in the year, Kuo predicted a mid-to-late August time window for mass production on the new line of iPhones, so today’s 1-2 week delay still falls inside the previous estimate. Recent rumors regarding the „iPhone 6s“ and „iPhone 6s Plus“ include the addition of Force Touch, a slightly thicker body to accommodate the new technology, camera improvements and perhaps a rose gold or pink color option.



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Apple to Order Record-Breaking 85-90 Million Force Touch-Equipped ‘iPhone 6s’ Models

Apple plans to order a record-breaking 85 to 90 million units of its next-generation iPhone models combined by the end of the year from manufacturing partners including Foxconn and Pegatron, according to The Wall Street Journal. The report reiterates rumors that the so-called „iPhone 6s“ and „iPhone 6s Plus“ will feature both Force Touch and a new color option, likely rose gold or pink.

The next-generation iPhones, which will reportedly enter mass-production starting next month, are expected to retain the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen sizes with the same display resolutions. Apple may add a third assembler, Wistron, to help fulfill the record-breaking amount of iPhone orders, which tops the 70 to 80 million units Apple ordered for the initial production run of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.



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iPhone set to reach record shipments as new models enter production

Apple will ship 50 million iPhone units in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to a new report published today which claims that companies in the iPhone 6s supply chain have started delivering finished components to Foxconn and Pegatron for final assembly. If…Read more ›

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Pegatron insists it does all it can to keep workers happy

Whatever your thoughts on last week’s BBC documentary about the poor worker conditions in factories producing the iPhone, there’s no doubt that it’s brought the topic back into widespread circulation. Unlike the majority of previous reports, this time the target wasn’t…Read more ›



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BBC shines spotlight back on Apple’s poor working conditions in Asia

In a documentary set to air tonight called Apple’s Broken Promises, BBC One went undercover at Pegatron, one of Apple’s main supply chain partners in China. The findings from inside Pegatron’s walls show that “Apple’s promises to protect workers were routinely…Read more ›



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