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Apple is increasing iPhone 4S orders to one of its Asian manufacturing partners while swapping iPad 2 battery manufacturers due to faulty battery incidents according to a pair of reports out of the Far East.

The Chinese-language Commercial Times cites sources as saying Apple has ordered an extra 5 million iPhone 4S units from Pegatron Technology on top of the 10 million smartphone units the supplier was already commissioned to build for the company. Foxconn also assembles iPhone 4Ss for Apple.

The report also added that Pegatron has strengthened "its deployment for metal chassis, aiming to also land orders for the iPad 3 from Apple as well as ultrabook orders from branded notebook vendors."

Meanwhile, DigiTimes claims that Apple has moved some iPad 2 Li-polymer battery orders from long-time supplier Simplo Technology to Dynapack International Technology.

Some of the iPad 2 batteries produced by Simplo have been found to have leakage issues, which could cause short circuits and interfere with proper recharging. However the leakage will not cause explosion or fire hazard as the Li-polymer batteries use stable chemical materials.



Until the battery incident Simplo has reportedly shipped 3 million iPad 2 batteries for the fourth quarter, or 60 percent from the total of five million ordered units, with Dynapack being responsible for the remaining 2 million. On top of iPad 2 batteries, Simplo also builds MacBook Air and MacBook Pro batteries for Apple.
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I'd just like to convey my heartfelt appreciation to all who work at Apple for having forged ahead so courageously with all these incredible products as a TEAM. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
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I'd just like to convey my heartfelt appreciation to all who work at Apple for having forged ahead so courageously with all these incredible products as a TEAM. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

somewhat off the wall, but I concur !
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I wonder why Apple is increasing iPhone orders. I thought no consumers would be interested in purchasing some minor upgrade of a nearly two-years old device that was considered disappointing. It only proves one thing. Tech-heads and tech-pundits are clueless about consumer/tech product sales.
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Until the battery incident Simplo has reportedly shipped 3 million iPad 2 batteries for the fourth quarter, or 60 percent from the total of five million ordered units, with Dynapack being responsible for the remaining 2 million.

There's something missing here. I'm sure Apple ordered far more than 5 million iPad2 batteries for the quarter. They did more than 9 million in the previous quarter.
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There's something missing here. I'm sure Apple ordered far more than 5 million iPad2 batteries for the quarter. They did more than 9 million in the previous quarter.

Possibly multiple suppliers.
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I'd just like to convey my heartfelt appreciation to all who work at Apple for having forged ahead so courageously with all these incredible products as a TEAM. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

I concur. Also, good to see Appple staying on top of quality.

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Originally Posted by Constable Odo View Post

I wonder why Apple is increasing iPhone orders. I thought no consumers would be interested in purchasing some minor upgrade of a nearly two-years old device that was considered disappointing. It only proves one thing. Tech-heads and tech-pundits are clueless about consumer/tech product sales.

They missed the fact that iPhone 4 sales were going strong when Apple announced the iPhone 4S. Then, on Oct 7, the 4S could be ordered. Better phone, same price as the 4. How could it not sell well?

The secret is that Apple is looking to the great masses of people worldwide who have not switched from a flip phone to any smartphone. Apple's got plenty of headroom to grow the iPhone market. Fandroids and iFans alike think the market is THEM, and see everything Apple does (or not) through that lens. Maybe, when the smartphone market is saturated, it will be about them.

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My concern is that I might be flying and some idiot has left one accidentally turned on in their suitcase.

The battery issue adds to the worry.
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They missed the fact that iPhone 4 sales were going strong when Apple announced the iPhone 4S. Then, on Oct 7, the 4S could be ordered. Better phone, same price as the 4. How could it not sell well?

The secret is that Apple is looking to the great masses of people worldwide who have not switched from a flip phone to any smartphone. Apple's got plenty of headroom to grow the iPhone market. Fandroids and iFans alike think the market is THEM, and see everything Apple does (or not) through that lens. Maybe, when the smartphone market is saturated, it will be about them.

Everyone and their dog has a BlackBerry in South Africa because they come with such cheap contracts (unlike in parts of the world where they target corporates). A server covering the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa crashed on 10 October and it took them 3 days to restore services. Apple is mostly competing against a pretty low bar when it comes to service and customer experience, and that's what counts not feature list on a product people use multiple times per day. You can guarantee that iPhone market share will continue to ramp up as long as Apple is (mostly, give or take the odd thing like the weak antenna story) ahead of the curve on user experience.

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My concern is that I might be flying and some idiot has left one accidentally turned on in their suitcase.

The battery issue adds to the worry.

1. If it's the pilot using the iPad as an EFB I would hope he leaves it on¡

2. But they write that the battery won't explode...
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