Foxconn said to be producing 150k iPhone 5 units per day

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in iPhone edited January 2014
A new report claims Foxconn Electronics has ramped up production of Apple's fifth-generation iPhone to 150,000 units per day, with shipments expected to reach 5-6 million in September.



Taiwan's DigiTimes reported on Thursday that Apple's iPhone 5 suppliers have geared up production and will soon begin volume shipments of the new device. Industry sources provided the publication with the 150,000 unit per day production figure for OEM Foxconn.



Meanwhile, sources also said lens maker Largan Precision, touch panel maker TPK Holding, reinforced glass supplier G-Tech Optoelectronics and battery vendors Simplo and Dynapack "are all operating at full swing currently," according to the report.



iPhone 5 shipments are expected to be in the range of 5-6 million this month and top 22 million in the fourth quarter as Apple reduces shipments of the GSM and CDMA models of the iPhone 4.



The report also echoed an earlier claim reportedly from a Chinese source that Pegatron has received orders to produce a 15 percent share of Apple's new smartphone. However, DigiTimes' sources said the company may not begin shipping until 2012.



It should be noted that the publication has a mixed tracked record with Apple predictions, though it does tend to have well-placed suppliers within the Asian supply chain.



Apple is now believed to be planning to launch the iPhone 5 in October. Recent leaks from retailer Best Buy point to next month, though there is some disagreement about the specific timing of the release.



An alleged "test photo" has surfaced online that appears to provide further confirmation that the next-generation iPhone will feature an 8-megapixel camera with improved performance. The handset is also expected to feature the A5 processor currently used in the iPad 2.



Photo allegedly taken by an Apple engineer with an iPhone 5. Click to see full-size.

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  • Reply 1 of 31
    150k per day? I just want ONE. On a more serious note, how does that compare to the last launches? Is this going to be sold out until new year if it hits in October?
  • Reply 2 of 31
    sheffsheff Posts: 1,407member
    Cant wait to see it, but of course wont be able to upgrade for a while cause got a verizon iphone 4.
  • Reply 3 of 31
    150k units of iphone 5? how about the cheaper version of the 4?



    I fear 22 million units before the holiday season and after over a year from the release of the 4 won't be enough.
  • Reply 4 of 31
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    Originally Posted by OriginalG View Post


    150k units of iphone 5? how about the cheaper version of the 4?



    I fear 22 million units before the holiday season and after over a year from the release of the 4 won't be enough.



    Whatever Apple's manufacturing partners can produce it still won't be enough. That's one reason why Apple staggers the international release over months.



    Apple sold a record 20 million iPhones last quarter, nearly a year after the iPhone 4 release.If supply and demand had reached a balance last quarter shouldn't have been a record.



    Concerning iPhones, there is more demand than supply.
  • Reply 5 of 31
    Those Foxcon workers don't have to worry about losing their jobs. The demand is going to be far more than the IPHONE 4 now that people have been waiting an extra 3 months.
  • Reply 6 of 31
    I won't not buy one.
  • Reply 7 of 31
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    Originally Posted by ChristophB View Post


    I won't not buy one.



    Since you used a double negative, this means you will buy one. I appreciate your efforts in contributing to Apple's gross margin and net income.



    Thank you very much.



    Sincerely,



    An AAPL shareholder.



  • Reply 8 of 31
    I wouldn't be surprised if Apple will also be selling an upgraded iPhone 4 along with the iPhone 5. There's going to be a lot of bitching, otherwise as the bloggers starting claiming Apple has poor planning since Foxconn isn't producing iPhones fast enough after stores run short. Apple is going to break more sales records with the iPhone and Wall Street will still yap about how the iPhone is losing market share to all those companies producing Android smartphones. I'm not sure why Wall Street would expect Apple to produce more iPhones than a half-dozen or so large Android smartphone vendors, but I guess that's how pin-striped knuckleheads think. My only hope is that there are no production glitches with the iPhone 5 and that everything works well.
  • Reply 9 of 31
    Wow. Amazing how they can produce 150,000 units every day and we haven't seen any pictures/leaked units. I look forward to seeing it! My girlfriend will probably get one - I guess I'll have to live vicariously through her
  • Reply 10 of 31
    That's a lot of phones. I can't wait to read more about it.
  • Reply 11 of 31
    That's not gonna be enough!



    We're gonna need a bigger boat...
  • Reply 12 of 31
    jd_in_sbjd_in_sb Posts: 1,600member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Michael Scrip View Post


    We're gonna need a bigger boat...



    Like!
  • Reply 13 of 31
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Amazing how these factories can be locked down so tight. I wonder if that is a good thing.





    Quote:
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    Like!



    It's a quote from Jaws.
  • Reply 14 of 31
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 5,854member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    Amazing how these factories can be locked down so tight. I wonder if that is a good thing.



    150K per day is just insane. Someday perhaps a documentary about Apple will see the light of day and show Foxconn from beginning to end video how they make the iPhone and how they manage to make such a huge amount of units. That would just be a manufacturing feast for the eyes.



    It's truly impressive the scale of popularity the iPhone is to warrant such capacity.
  • Reply 15 of 31
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 14,671moderator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sflocal View Post


    150K per day is just insane. Someday perhaps a documentary about Apple will see the light of day and show Foxconn from beginning to end video how they make the iPhone and how they manage to make such a huge amount of units.



    Foxconn employs over 1.2 million people so they can dedicate 1 employee per iPhone per day and still have over 95% of their workforce available for other manufacturers. That's why only Eastern countries can do this. Apple only employs 35000 staff worldwide . If they had to do this manufacturing themselves, they wouldn't make anywhere near the profits they do after clearing a Western payroll with even 250k workers.
  • Reply 16 of 31
    wizard69wizard69 Posts: 13,377member
    I suspect there will be a huge rush when 5 comes out. They will likely be back logged for months.
  • Reply 17 of 31
    sandausandau Posts: 1,230member
    I'm in line. Where's the juice and cookies?
  • Reply 18 of 31
    svnippsvnipp Posts: 430member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by wizard69 View Post


    I suspect there will be a huge rush when 5 comes out. They will likely be back logged for months.



    Yeah. I know that I'll be pre-ordering mine the day that they start accepting pre-orders. Of course, that is assuming that I can get on the website to do the pre-order in the first place. I really don't want to go thru the whole 10 hour wait in line again to get mine from a store. I figure that if you don't get your order thru online in the first hour or 2 you are going to be SOL.
  • Reply 19 of 31
    herbapouherbapou Posts: 2,227member
    Where is the ipod/aTV event this year? I got the feeling we will get our new toys with no event to announced them.



    I guess its a way to avoid the lines, you wake up one morning and boom, new ipod/iphone/aTV are selling everywhere.
  • Reply 20 of 31
    jetzjetz Posts: 1,293member
    I've always been amazed that Foxconn produces hundreds of thousands of iPhones before a launch and yet the leaks of the device often come from Apple's own campus.
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