Apple’s suppliers are gearing up for the iPhone 5’s launch, according to supply-side sources speaking to DigiTimes on Thursday. Foxconn, Apple’s final assembler of iPhone devices, is currently putting together 150,000 handsets per day, with a goal of shipping 5-6 million iPhone 5s in September.
The initial September shipments pave the way for a total target of 22 million shipped iPhone 5 units by the end of the fourth quarter, according to the supplier sources. That’s pretty close to an earlier report by the Wall Street Journal, which claimed a sales target of 25 million iPhone 5s by the end of the year. Other component manufacturers like TPK Holding, which makes the iPhone’s touch panels, and Largan Precision, which produces the smartphone’s camera lenses, are also reportedly “operating at full swing,” DigiTimes notes.
Earlier, DigiTimes reported that Pegatron would be contracted for at least some of the iPhone 5 assembly. DigiTimes notes that this is likely still true, but Foxconn will take the lead, with Pegatron following with its orders in 2012.
If we’re headed for an early October release of the iPhone 5, ramping up production now is a logical next step. Rumors seem to be agreeing on the October release timeframe lately, and rumors of carrier and retailer staff training back that up. Also, it’s worth noting that a similar report from DigiTimes arrived shortly before the release of the Verizon iPhone, and turned out to be more or less accurate.