Pegatron Technology has been identified as manufacturer of the new model CDMA iPhone, and a report in Digitimes tells us that company expects to ship 10 million of these things next year.
More than this, Pegatron is ramping up its manufacturing base for these things, installing new machinery and hiring a several legions of new employees (10,000, in fact) to make the Apple mobiles.
Pegatron boss Jason Chang wouldn’t say anything about Apple, but was seen to say that the staff increase was mainly “to handle growing smartphone business”, and to predict strong revenues in 2011.
Pegatron is also reportedly attempting to secure manufacturing orders for MacBooks and iPads.
The big news? Pegatron will start shipping the CDMA iPhone 4 in December…
Today, Verizon CEO, Ivan Seidenberg, announced that the iPhone will not be coming to Verizon until it’s 4G (fourth-generation) cellular network is 100% up and running.
Thursday, Seidenberg said he hopes Apple will offer the phone on the carrier’s 4G, or LTE network, which it is just starting to roll out later this year in a few dozen cities, and will not be completely ready until 2012, the same year Apple’s and AT&T’s exclusivity contract expires.
We don’t feel like we have an iPhone deficit. We would love to carry it when we get there, but we have to earn it.
I think 4G will accelerate the process, and any other decisions Apple makes would be fine with us. Hopefully, at some point Apple will get with the program.
However, as we posted September 22, analysts have claimed that Apple’s overseas manufacturers will begin building CDMA iPhones for Verizon Wireless this December. CDMA is the cellular technology both Verizon and Sprint currently use, while AT&T uses SIM cards. If these reports are true, it is said that Apple will have at leas 3 million CDMA iPhones by January 1, 2011.
According to Jeffery Fidacaro, an analysts with Susquehanna Financial Group, several people within Apple’s overseas factories and supply chain report that the company will begin assembling CDMA iPhones in December. We’ve previously heard rumors that a CDMA iPhone will be released in January of 2011. If Apple truly does plan on assembling it’s first batch of CDMA phones in December, it is said that they’ll have produced at least 3 million units by January 1.
Even though this may be exiting news for many people, it should be taken lightly. Earlier this year, before the iPad was announced, Fidacaro projected the device would include a 4200RPM spinning hard drive (which it doesn’t) as well as an Intel Atom mobile processor (again, which it doesn’t).