Taiwan-based Hon Hai, Cheng Uei win orders for Apple’s iPhone headphones over Japan’s FOSTER

Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac - $10 off“The Taiwan-based Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., now the world’s No. 1 EMS (electronics manufacturing service) provider, and Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd., an adaptor and connector maker, have jointly snapped up Apple’s contract orders for iPhone headphones from Japan’s FOSTER, according to industry sources,” Steve Chuang reports for CENS.

“FOSTER has been the exclusive maker of iPhone headphones for a while,” Chuang reports. “However, starting in 2011, part of headphones for iPhones will be supplied by the two Taiwanese electronic manufacturers, with Hon Hai making wires and assembling the device, and Cheng Uei producing cords, loudspeakers and control switch modules.”

“Market observers indicated that the switched orders, approximately worth as much as NT$5-10 billion, will bring about considerable growth momentum for Hon Hai and Cheng Uei’ sales in the future,” Chuang reports. “Noteworthily, Cheng Uei is expected to see its sales to Apple markedly surge 50% in 2011, because the firm will also supply iPad chargers and flexible substrates used in iPhone headphone control switches to the client in the year, in addition to the aforementioned headphone parts. In response to the rapidly growing business with Apple, Cheng Uei has kicked off output expansion in its factories in China.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Attribution: BGR. Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]


  1. I like the “in-ear” type better, but I can understand why Apple provides standard headphones that work fine for most customers without the need to fiddle around with different-sized rubber pieces. I think they sound decent.

    The $29 replacement headphone is probably the highest profit margin item that Apple sells. Actually, probably the second highest, after the $29 iPhone 4 “bumper.” ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  2. The phones are fine (love the remote and mike
    functions). My only problem is the poor fit. They
    don’t block out much external noise and keep
    falling out. I’ve got half a dozen laying around
    and can experiment. Will super glue some
    extra earbuds that came with my Sony phones
    and see how that works out. The best I ever
    had was a set of cheap Sony’s that had stems
    over which you pulled on the earbuds. I had
    sets of industrial type of earplugs at work
    whose bodies were hollow. They looked like
    4 branched Christmas trees. I cut off both ends
    to make them fit on the Sony’s stems and they
    were perfect. Still looking for that type of earplug
    as I am not now working at Chrysler.

  3. @ Kimchi Stinks
    Are you still sick of those jerkwad Koreans who want to sell everything under the sun here in the U.S. but won’t reciprocate with our exports. Oh well…

    see –
    [url=”http://macdailynews.com/index.php/weblog/comments/27626/”]iPhoneless DoCoMo uses Darth Vader to pitch Android phone to Japan (with video)

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