If Apple follows its regular iPhone release schedule, and right now we think it will, then we should see the new iPhone 6 pop up sometime in September. That means production has to start ahead of that date, and a new report suggests that Apple’s supply partners will start building the device as soon as the second quarter, which officially starts at the beginning of April.
China Times said recently that Pegatron and Foxconn received orders for the iPhone 6 and that the former will start producing the phone as its new Kunshan factory, where the company also builds laptops, set top boxes and other consumer electronics. Reuters also recently cited a report from the Commercial Times that suggests Pegratron will soon start hiring additional staff to build the iPhone 6 at its plants in China. In January, another story said that Pegratron would handle about 50 percent of the iPhone 6 production, suggesting that Apple is moving more responsibility away from Foxconn, which has struggled in the past to create enough units to meet demand.
The iPhone 6 is expected to offer a larger screen, though reports on the screen size have been scattered at best. Most pundits seem to think a 4.7-inch screen is likely, though we’ve also heard of 4.5-inch and 5.5-inch displays. A new A8 processor is also expected, and TSMC and Samsung have both apparently received orders to build the chip.
If you’re fond of leaks then you can expect a large increase in them to begin once the phone hits manufacturing. Apple has tried to “double down” on secrecy, but ahead of the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s launch we saw dozens of parts start to leak right when Apple’s partners started to build the devices.