Apple has apparently signed the new iPad 3 contract to Pegatron instead of Foxconn. The tablet could be released by Thanksgiving.Together with the peeks at the iPhone 5, the iPad 3 contract is said to have switched from Foxconn to Pegatron. Also, the much awaited iPad tablet’s release date may be narrowed down to this November.
Source : Taiwan Economic News report on iPad 3
The Taiwan-based Pegatron Manufacturer has apparently underbid Hon Hai for a new contract to manufacture the iPad 3. Hon Hai is the owner of Foxconn and manufacture’s many of Apple’s products including the iPad 2. Pegatron is seemingly working hard to increase its production share of Apple devices, however,the Taiwan-based manufacturer reportedly also won an order from Apple to manufacture a total of 15 million iPhone 5 units. For consumers, the new manufacturer will mean that Apple won’t have such a hard time meeting consumer demand.
The reports suggests that Apple has supposedly been looking for a way to cut down dependence on Hon Hai, possibly due to the awful May explosion at China’s Chengdu factory which led to the injuries as well as deaths of several staff members.
Nonetheless, even while Apple is shaking up its manufacturing partners, the parts supply chain won’t be shaken up. Suppliers for majority of iPad components will be retained including; TPK Holdings (touch panels), Largan Precision (camera lenses) ,Simplo Technology and Dynapack International Technology (batteries), and Foxconn Technology (outer casings).
In a connected tidbit found by BGR in the China Times, Apple will supposedly be launching the new iPhones in the second week of September and the iPad 3 release will follow two months later.