Apple is shifting its supply chain strategy for its hot-selling iPhone smartphone and iPad tablet computer, a new report suggests.
According to frequent whistle-blower site DigiTimes, Pegatron is looking likely to increase its share of manufacturing iPad tablets while long-time supply chain partner Foxconn will be more focused on production of the iPhone.
“The sources pointed out that Apple will also start changing its outsourcing strategy and will have Pegatron primarily focus on production of the iPad series products with production of the iPhone series products as an auxiliary in 2013, while the strategy for Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is vice versa,” DigiTimes writes.
Citing unnamed “sources from the upstream supply chain” of Apple, DigiTimes says that Pegatron has “already landed a small volume of orders for the upcoming ‘iPad 3’.”
This iPad 3 order “is set to launch in March, the well-informed site says.
Meanwhile, DigiTimes says that Pegatron “is expected to see a significant increase in its orders for Apple’s ‘iPad 4”.
Furthermore, the “iPad 4”, the site says, is set to be launched by the consumer electronics juggernaut by October.