“Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the world’s largest contract electronics maker, is expected to secure 60 percent-70 percent of the orders placed by Apple Inc. to assemble the next generation of the iPhone, an analyst said Wednesday,” China News Agency reports. “Kuo Ming-chi, an analyst with Taipei-based KGI Securities, said that as Hon Hai boasts a higher yield rate in assembling the iPhone, the Taiwanese manufacturer is expected to secure the majority of the orders from Apple. Kuo said that Apple is expected to unveil the next iPhones in August, a month earlier than the market had widely anticipated.”
“Kuo expected that the next generation of iPhones will be a 4.7-inch model and a 5.5-inch model like their two predecessors — the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus — adding that shipments of the 4.7-inch model are expected to account for about 66 percent of the total with the larger model accounting for the remainder,” CNA reports. “The analyst said that the new iPhones will adopt force touch technology, which allows the user to use a forceful push as a separate input method from a tap… In a research note, Kuo said the force touch technology ‘can enrich user experience due to more input methods and support of handwritten signatures, which is beneficial for expanding the commercial market.'”
“In addition to assembling the new iPhones, Kuo said that Hon Hai is expected to serve as the sole assembler of the next generation of the iPad, which will be equipped with a 12.9-inch panel,” CNA reports. “Apple is likely to launch the new iPad in the fourth quarter of this year.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Regarding the claim of an August iPhone unveiling: Unlikely. (Too many people on vacation, slow media coverage, etc. It just doesn’t make marketing sense.)
As for the Force Touch claim: Highly likely. Apple should have the goals of getting Touch ID and Force Touch on every device they ship ASAP. And, we do hope to see an “iPad Pro” in time for Christmas.
Apple’s next-gen iPhones could launch as early as August – May 20, 2015