Pegatron receives orders for next-gen iPhone and iPad
New handset rumoured for September, tablet for Q4
Published: 10 May, 2012
According to the latest news to come from DigiTimes' way Apple fans can expect to see the next generation iPad in September, followed by the next new iPad sometime in Q4. Taiwan-based supply chain makers are the source and claim that Pegatron has supposedly received orders for both the new devices. There are no surprises here as the company is the OEM for the current generation iPhone and iPad.
To concentrate on making the new devices Pegatron is said to have downsized its SI motherboard department so it has adequate resources to fulfil Apple's orders.
While the Q4 release is for a regular 10" slate the report also drags up the rumour of a smaller 7" model that is apparently going to be released in August and will be made by Foxconn. Whether or not Apple needs to make such a move is still debatable though the news is in line with previous whispers that a mini iPad would be released in Q3. The previous chatter also said that Pegatron would be manufacturing the slate, along with Hon Hai Precision.
As ever there's no official word on any details concerning the new iPad or iPhone but an iPad mini is looking a bit more likely than it used to. A pinch of salt is always a requirement with any Apple rumour but there does seem to be a growing frequency of actual reports of a smaller iPad being made and less of analysts suggesting it's a possibility.
Meanwhile the refreshed iPad with a retina display released earlier this year is continuing its global rollout at a fair clip. This weekend will see Apple release it in a further 30 countries including Brazil, Jamaica and Egypt. Unfortunately for those awaiting the device in China there's still no indication of when it will launch due to the continuing trademark lawsuit.