Pegatron Could Manufacture Half Of iPhone 6 Handsets

Pegatron-factoryAccording to a new report, Taiwanese manufacturer Pegatron could be responsible for assembling as many as half of Apple’s next generation iPhone 6 units.

The company is currently assembling the iPhone 5c and iPad mini, but if this news is to believed (it does cite an unidentified source) Apple’s reliance on Pegatron will grow in 2014 — with a new plant planned in Shanghai satellite city Kunshan in anticipation of an iPhone 6 manufacturing deal.

This plant is scheduled to become operational in the middle of the year, and will start mass production late in 2014 when Apple is expected to roll out the iPhone 6.

Largely as a result of Apple’s orders, Pegatron forecasts its 2014 revenue to rise to rise to Tw$950 billion ($31.5 billion) this year — up from last year’s Tw$882 billion.

The news shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. Apple has been shifting orders to Pegatron from other Taiwanese assembler Foxconn since 2012: the result of more competitive pricing on the company’s part.

As a result of sacrificing its profit margins, Apple has rewarded Pegatron with more contracts. In August last year, Cult of Mac reported on rumors stating that Pegatron may be involved in future iMac production.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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