According to industry sources, component makers such as Foxconn Electronics, Simplo Technologies, TPK, Catcher and Largan Precision are gearing up to start receiving orders from Apple.
The Taiwan-based companies are set to supply parts for the iPhone 5 as well as the iPad 3. The word is that Apple plans to only launch one model of the new iPhone, while the third generation tablet has only just been added to the production schedule. Both are set to be produced in small volumes in August, with those numbers rising slowly through September and October.
The estimates given for the iPhone 5’s supply volume come at around 7 million units within Q3, reaching an overall iPhone shipment of 25 million and with similar numbers coming for the fourth quarter.
With regards to the iPad 3 supply coming in August, the entire iPad series shipments are expected to break 15 million units, with a good chance of reaching 40 million units for the entirety of 2011.
Although many market analysts have pointed out that Apple’s shipment estimate for the iPhone might only reach 20 million units in the third quarter, the word within the giant company’s supply chain is that all component manufacturers have increased their estimated volumes for the second half, hinting to another attack on the corporation’s rivals. The sources also added that the iPad 3 is said to be even thinner and lighter, with a panel resolution upgrade to 250 dpi.