Apple has added Foxconn Electronics, Foxlink, Gold Circuit Electronics (GCE) and Epistar as part suppliers for the iPhone 5 smartphone, expected to publicize in summer, according to report from the sources having knowledge of the case.
Foxconn will become the iPhone 5′s new earphone dealer whose previous supplier was Japan’s Foster , but as the yen goes high, Apple has spurred to look for more cost-effective sources, source said, noting that related orders are estimated at NT$5 billion (US$171.7 million). Foxlink will produce earphone jack sockets for the iPhone 5.
Apple has also newly added GCE as a supplier because of a shortage of HDI boards.But will continue the supply from Compeq Manufacturing and Unimicron Technology as well. LED chipmaker Epistar could break into Apple’s supply chain after forming a planned coalition with Japan’s Toyoda Gosei. According to the report Apple could only source from Japan-based suppliers in the past due to patent issues.
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