Apple Places Order for 10 Million iPhone 5 Units Ahead of September Launch

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It’s increasingly beginning to look like that rumor claiming the iPhone 5 won’t launch until October was incorrect. Not only has Apple reportedly sent the fifth-generation device for carrier testing — a step taken only weeks before a scheduled launch — but according to DigiTimes, the company has ordered 10 million iPhone 5 units expected to begin shipping in September.

The very short report begins:

Pegatron Technology has landed orders for 10 million units of iPhone 5 to become the second ODM of the smartphone. Shipments will start in September, according to industry sources.

Earlier this week, AllThingsD issued a report citing a “familiar source” that claimed the iPhone 5 would not arrive during September, but in October instead. However, a number of stories since then say otherwise; most notable is yesterday’s news that the device has already been sent to carriers for testing — a step which one source claims only happens a few of weeks before a device is set to launch.

DigiTimes also reports that in addition to the iPhone 5, Pegatron is aiming to compete for orders for Apple’s iPad, MacBook Air and other popular products — which have higher profit margins that the iPhone.

[via The Next Web]