Kuo Ming-chi, an analyst with Taipei-based KGI Securities, said that as Hon Hai boasts a higher yield rate in assembling the iPhone, the Taiwanese manufacturer is expected to secure the majority of the orders from Apple. Kuo said that Apple is expected to unveil the next iPhones in August, a month earlier than the market had widely anticipated.
Apple has never hosted an August event to announce an iPhone and it is worth noting that Kuo has sometimes been incorrect with this timing predictions on some product launches. Earlier this week a separate report claimed that Apple's next generation iPhone could be released in August due to better than expected yields, but that seemed unlikely given Apple's usual iOS upgrade timetable.
Kuo said the new iPhone will adopt force touch technology, which was first introduced with the Apple Watch and later expanded to the MacBook trackpads. Kuo previously published a report that detailed other next generation iPhone 6s features including a new rose gold color, an upgraded 12MP camera, an A9 processor with 2GB of RAM, improved Touch ID recognition and other internal hardware improvements.
In addition to the iPhone, Kuo believes Apple will launch a 12.9-inch iPad in the fourth quarter this year, which will be solely manufactured by Hon Hai (Foxconn).
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