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Pegatron To Ship iPhone 5 Handsets In September

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by Radu Tyrsina, 03 Aug 2011News

A recent report has revealed that Pegatron will begin shipments of Apple's iPhone 5 in September, with the Taiwan-based manufacturer thus becoming the second ODM for Apple's smartphone.

A volume of 10 million iPhone 5 units has been ordered from the manufacturer, according to the industry source, Digitimes reports. Earlier last month another report claimed Pegatron had received orders for 15 million iPhone 5 units.

The deal could really help the Asian manufacturer, whose utilisation rate dropped to 50% and gross margins dropped to 1.8% after the company shipped less than 4 million units of the CDMA iPhone 4. Pegatron is said to be aiming at improving the gross margins and trying to compete with Foxconn by bagging orders for other Apple products such as the iPad and Mac computers.

If the report is correct, then we are back again to the belief that the next gen iPhone is launching in September. Earlier this week, some reports contradicted the generally accepted supposition that the iPhone 5 is set for a September release, instead claiming that Apple's smartphone will hit the market in October.

Coming to sustain the September launch theory, another rumour suggests that the iPhone 5 has been sent to carriers for testing of network compatibility. From September, to October and now back to September again. We'll just have to wait and see what tomorrow brings.

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