Apple adds new assemblers to ramp up iPhone, iPad production

“Apple Inc. is adding new contract manufacturing partners in Asia to boost production of its smartphones and tablets, people familiar with the supply chain said, as the technology company tries to ensure adequate supply to meet consumer demand,” Lorraine Luk reports for MarketWatch.

“Later this year, Apple will outsource manufacturing of the cheaper version of its latest iPhone, the iPhone 5C, to Wistron Corp., a Taiwan-based contract maker,” Luk reports. “Apple also plans to add Compal Communications Inc. to assemble its iPad Mini tablet starting next year, the people said.”

Luk reports, “Apple is broadening its supplier base as its main assembler, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., is focusing on producing the high-end iPhone 5S, which is currently in short supply, the people said.”

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