Apple has supposedly placed an order for 15 million iPhone 5 units with Pegatron, its primary supplier in Taiwan, according to Digitimes, the most prolific source for Apple rumors.
According to most rumors, Apple will start shipping the iPhone 5 (or the iPhone 4S) in September 2011. Placing such a huge order now would ensure that there are no supply shortages for the next version of the iPhone, for which the anticipated demand is extremely high.
Pegatron has significantly expanded its plants, human power and equipment since 2010, to complete the orders for the CDMA iPhone 4 by Apple. It has also been trying to get orders for the production of the iPad and the Macbook from Apple, but it hasn’t had much luck there.
Apparently, the iPhone 5 “does not seem to have any major update from iPhone 4”, which leads me to believe that it might be branded the iPhone 4S after all.
The iPhone 5 / 4S is expected to come with a dual core A5 processor, a larger 4 inch display and an 8 MP camera with a dual LED flash. It will compete with Android heavyweights like the Samsung Galaxy S 2 and the HTC Sensation.