Apple is rumored to have altered its outsourcing strategy by employing Pegatron to handle the majority of iPad manufacturing, leaving Foxconn to handle iPhones.
The companies will tag team iPad production in 2013, meaning Foxconn will produce a sizable number of iPads and vice versa.
According to Digitimes, “the sources noted that Apple’s new strategy is meant to decrease risk and increase the quality of its products and the company has already visited Pegatron’s plants in China several times recently to ensure the smoothness of the shipment process.”
Pegatron has reportedly already received a small batch of iPad 3 orders ahead of the March shipping date.
While that seems perfectly possible, Digitimes went off the rails. “Pegatron is expected to see a significant increase in its orders for Apple’s iPad 4, which is scheduled to launch in October, with an initial volume of about 7-10 million units, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.”
An iPad 4 just six months after an iPad 3 release? That seems downright absurd, even coming from Digitimes.