Foxconn is to produce 95 per cent of the new Apple iPhone, the eighth incarnation of the device, according to a report on PatentlyApple.com.
It’s not clear from the story whether any of the production will take place in the US, although that’s unlikely given that Foxconn hasn’t even chosen where in the US to expand its manufacturing operations.
The Taiwanese manufacturer has been considering its options, and Michigan is said to be one of the locations being scouted.
Patently Apple says Foxconn has secured 95 per cent of Apple’s orders for the new OLED iPhone models and smaller orders for the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models.
Another manufacturer, Pegatron, is to produce 65 per cent of the 4.7-iPhone 7s and a small portion of the OLED model.
A third company, Wistron, is to produce the majority of the 5.5-inch model.
Patently Apple doesn’t seem to say what its source is, but mentions the Chinese-language Economic Daily News, which says there are no delay problems affecting the new iPhones.
The new devices will be unveiled in September, and then sales will begin in October, although initially a limited number will be available, with production increasing over the November-December period.
Last year, Apple announced that it had sold 1 billion iPhones across all variations. The company has sold at least 300 million more since the announcement.
Apple is reportedly planning to place a price tag of $1,200 on its new iPhone 8.