Apple now mass-producing iPhone 6 ahead of fall launch

The Rumor: New backlight LCD tech will make the iPhone 6 skinnier than any iPhone ever. The Verdict: Most likely. To make the 5.5-inch iPhone Air as thin as possible, supply chain sources at China Times say Apple will only use one brightness enhancement film for the backlit LCD display. We know Jony is gaga for shrinking his devices and it looks like the engineering team has found the answer. The only question is can they get enough supplies in time.

Production of the iPhone 6 has either just begun, or is days away from starting, according to a new report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News.

The newspaper claims that mass-production of the eagerly-anticipated next generation 4.7-inch iPhone 6 handset is set to begin during the third week of July — making it either this week or next — while production of the larger 5.5-inch “phablet” iPhone 6 will begin during the second week of August. No sources were cited for either of these reports.

Production on the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is said to have been plagued by issues related to the battery, display, and casting. Respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of the Taiwanese firm KGI Securities has previously suggested that for this reason the handset could be delayed to 2015 — although if these new reports are to be believed, that may not be the case.

Given that there will almost certainly be smaller quantities of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, an August production date could result in both handsets being launched simultaneously in September.

It is also reported that Hon Hai is planning to hire an extra 100,000 workers at its mainland facilities in order to meet future demand for the handset, according to comments made by the chief of the Henan Provincial Commerce Department. Fellow Apple manufacturer Pegatron is also on a mass hiring spree, as it looks to recruit an addition 10,000+ workers for its mainland facilities to help manufacture the iPhone.

Earlier this year it was suggested that Pegatron was expanding its factory space to deal with the orders.

Last week it was reported that primary iPhone 6 Foxconn manufacturer was ready to deploy an army of 10,000 robots to help build the iPhone 6.

  • AAPL_@_$101_Is_A_Done_Deal_:)

    I believe many of these analysts are lying about rumors to simply get attention. There is no way they could possibly know Apple’s internal production schedules as things could change on a weekly basis.

  • TeeJay1100

    So tired of all this crap, one thing we know is the iphone will look like all other iphones except this one will have a bigger screen. Whatever….

  • digitaldumdum

    “Either…”
    “Or…”
    “According to…”
    “Claims…”
    “No sources were cited for either of these reports.”
    “Is said to have…”
    “…has previously suggested…”
    “If these new reports are to be believed…”
    “…will almost certainly…”
    “…could result in…”
    “It is also reported…”
    “it was suggested that…”

    I count at least a dozen disclaimers in this “story” that make it nothing more than Friday filler. A piece about some new pricey Italian leather iPad pouch, or yet another external iPhone battery pack—tired as those articles are—would be more interesting, and viable. Cult has done better, and still can. Please.

    • Luke Dormehl

      With respect to yourself, I totally understand that not everyone wants to read stories composed of production line rumors. But as an Apple fan, a large part of the enjoyment comes from following not just what has already been confirmed — but speculating about what is coming next. With regard to the “disclaimers,” surely it’s better to state these as rumors or supply chain reports rather than trying to make it sound like they’re unequivical facts?

      • digitaldumdum

        Luke, I have respect for your reporting, and enjoy CofM. In fact, I’m glad to hear from you, as mods rarely chime in.

        It’s true I tend to be critical of rumor reporting, usually viewing it as fluff, and generally pandering to revenue-making taps and clicks. But as a huge Apple fan myself (since my first Mac in 1984), I do realize that everyone has different interests regarding our favorite company.

        And yes, attributing the rumors is better than stating them as facts. I appreciate that. I just wish these stories, the ones that tend to cover things we have no control over and really mean little or nothing to the iPhone (for example) experience, were in the minority. Ah, but it is close to launch time, and I guess this reporting is a fact of online life.

        Thanks for taking time to respond!

      • Luke Dormehl

        I was going to make a cheeky jibe about how if I removed all “allegedly” comments from the post and stated everything as concrete fact I’d call myself an analyst rather than a blogger. :D

        Very cool to hear you’ve been a Mac user for so long, also. It’s crazy to think how far we’ve come in well under half a century.

        Have a good weekend!

    • Cold_dead_fingers

      If you like CoM, why even question it? We are only a few months away from the point iPhones are usually announced. Would you seriously rather have every other site be on top of these rumors, which result in a lesser viewership? Here’s the answer to your concern: don’t click on the articles with rumors. If there is any article with iPhone 6 in the title, it’s most likely going to be a rumor. I don’t care for cases with built-batteries, so do you know what I do when I see one? I don’t click on it. It’s that simple.

      Now, I like reading these rumors because it allows me to picture what a potential phone might be like. I don’t believe it as fact. I could easily come up with crazy ideas by myself. At least these sources have their own sources. Every rumor is questionable, but these companies have sources whether they disclose their source or not. And something tells me you wouldn’t want to read this article with or without a source.

      • digitaldumdum

        Thanks for weighing in, even if kinda late. As you can see from above, Luke and I sorted it out.

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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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