Foxconn May Join Pegatron To Manufacture CDMA iPhones; Secret iOS 4.2 Conference Scheduled Next Week?
A report on the Taiwan Economic News claims that Foxconn may have bagged a contract to supply a CDMA variant of the iPhone 4 to Apple in 2011.
According to sources quoted by the newspaper, Foxconn could be shipping as many as 15 million units of the CDMA iPhone next year.
This is an interesting development considering that Pegatron Technologies is already known to be working on a CDMA iPhone since May this year.
It is speculated that Apple may have awarded an alternate contract to Foxconn in order to meet demand that is expected to exceed Pegatron's manufacturing capacity. Earlier reports had claimed that Pegatron was contracted to ship 10 million CDMA iPhones to Apple by the end of this year.
The latest rumors highlight the significant demand that has existed for a CDMA iPhone all along. iPhone users in the US have complained about the deteriorating network infrastructure on AT&T for a long time and rumors about a Verizon iPhone have been doing the rounds for as long as the iPhone has existed. More recently though, we have seen strong indications for Verizon to actually start carrying the iPhone in the immediate future. The carrier is reported to be hiring new call center staff "by the hundreds" while AT&T is learned to be increasing its focus in recent times on smartphones other than the iPhone.
Having said that, it is also worth pointing out that the CDMA iPhone may not be a US-only offering. Reports in the past few weeks have also suggested that Apple is talking to CDMA carrier partners in China and India for the launch of such a device.
With the launch of iOS 4.2 next month and a possible CDMA iPhone early next year, these are exciting times for Apple lovers. A report on the Business Insider claims that the company is getting ready to host a "secret" iOS Developers conference in California next week. While the agenda of the meet is not known yet, we may expect the event to primarily focus on interaction between Apple engineers and app developers in order to improve the quality of apps on the App Store.
Interestingly, with the scheduled release of iOS 4.2 expected to be in early November, there are also speculations that the conference could include the official launch of iOS 4.2. iOS 4.2 will, for the first time, bring the iPhone and iPad to a common software platform and we eagerly look forward to its public release. How about you?