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Apple Taking More Taiwan Suppliers For iPhone 5

Apple is adding more big-name suppliers to exising contracted component manufacturers for its forthcoming iPhone 5 smartphone which is scheduled to be launched "during summer at the earliest" according to a report in the Economic Daily News.

Foxconn Electronics, Foxlink, Gold Circuit Electronics (GCE) and Epistar have joined Compeq Manufacturing and Unimicron Technology with Japanese-based Foster being left behind.

The suppliers cover a number of minor components including earphone jack sockets, earphones, LED etc but that doesn't mean that there is not big money involved. It is estimated that orders from Apple will be worth more than $172 million initially.

A growing trend noted by Digitimes (opens in new tab) is that of Japanese manufacturers forging alliances with Taiwanese or Chinese manufacturers to build better but cheaper components while respecting intellectual property at the same time.

Apple is expecting to announce the iPhone 5 on the 6th of June 2011 with the phone going on sale weeks later.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.