Yesterday, DigiTimes reported that Apple had ordered 15 million iPhone 5 units with Pegatron. Today, The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is in fact preparing a new iPhone for a launch during the third quarter of this year, with the initial production target to be 25 million units through the end of the year.
Apple’s sales estimates of the new iPhone is quite aggressive. It told us to prepare to help the company meet its goal of 25 million units by the end of the year,” said another person at one of Apple’s suppliers. “The initial production volume will be a few million units… we were told to ship the components to assembler Hon Hai in August.”
Rumors have suggested that the next-gen iPhone will be nearly identical to the iPhone 4, but according to The Wall Street Journal’s sources the new device will be “thinner and lighter”. In addition, their sources suggest that Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn/Hon Hai is having difficulties with yield rate on the new device due to it being “complicated and difficult to assemble.”
Two of the people, however, cautioned that shipments of the new iPhone could be delayed if Hon Hai can’t improve its yield rate as the new iPhone is “complicated and difficult to assemble.”
According to sources and many rumors, a September release for the next-generation iPhone is expected, which has been rumored to carry Apple’s A5 processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a baseband chip from Qualcomm to support both GSM and CDMA networks.