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Apple Wants 15m iPhone 5 Handsets From Pegatron

Apple has apparently placed a mammoth order of 15 million units for the iPhone 5 as the countdown to the release of the handset in September continues.

According to Monica Chen from Taipei-based news outlet, Digitimes (opens in new tab), Taiwanese ODM Pegatron Technology - an offshoot of Asus - has been tasked to build the phone which it claims is also known as the iPhone 4S.

To put things in perspective, 15 million units is five time the number of Samsung Galaxy S2 handsets sold in the first 55 days of business.

As is often the case, while Pegatron has been very careful not to disclose any information, upstream component makers have been more than happy to give Digitimes a few more details.

Apple has apparently been keen to make it up to Pegatron after the latter was unable to fully utilise the extra capacity that it had deployed to produce the 10 million or so CDMA iPhone 4 devices that were expected to be sold.

Digitimes says that only four million or so of these were shipped in the first quarter of 2011, causing the gross margin of Pegatron to drop to a mere 1.8 per cent.

The news publication also hints that the iPhone 5 will not be significantly different from the iPhone 4, and adds that Pegatron has already started to receive components from upstream makers while its plants have started to recruit more employees.

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.