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Talk of the Day -- Next-generation iPhone to debut in June?

Talk of the Day -- Next-generation iPhone to debut in June?

Apple Inc. will launch new iPhone models in June to consolidate its dominance in the smartphone market, according to local media reports. The reports quoted local industry sources as saying that the Cupertino, California-based consumer electronics giant will release at least three new models of its iconic smartphone this summer. The collection includes a next-generation iPhone, a cheaper model and a large-format device with a 4.8-inch display tentatively named the "iPhone Math," the reports said. In preparation for the June release of new iPhones, the reports said, local upstream makers in the Apple supply chain have begun delivery of touchscreen panels, FPC and cameras. Components shipments are expected to shift into high gear in March and assembling plants will begin production in the second half of April. Against this backdrop, the reports said companies in the Apple supply chain will post robust growth in the second quarter, which is traditionally a low season. The following are excerpts from local media coverage of relevant developments in the technology sector: Commercial Times: Hon Hai Group, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer, remains the biggest winner in the race for the new iPhone orders. Hon Hai reportedly has secured 90 percent of the new iPhone assembling orders. Largen Precision will provide 8 million camera lenses for both "iPhone 5S" and the "iPhone Math," industry sources said. Genius Electronic Optical Co. reportedly will also supply some camera lenses for the new iPhone models. Hon Hai Group members will also continue to expand their Apple exclusive stores in Taiwan and China and tap into 4G telecom services. Apple's MacWorld Conference is scheduled for Jan. 31-Feb. 2, which will focus on Mac OS-related events, but industry sources said information about new iPhone models may gradually be leaked. The new iPhone models will rival with South Korean titan Samsung Electronics Corp.'s Galaxy S4 expected to debut at Mobile World Congress set to open in Barcelona in March. Industry sources said the next-generation iPhone may include a fingerprint scanner built into the home button. Some analysts also forecast that Apple may launch a more affordable range of iPhone in the second half of this year to expand its market share in the increasingly crowded smartphone market. (Jan. 21, 2013). United Daily News: Securities brokers said Apple Inc. is scheduled to release its Q4 2012 business records around zero hour Thursday (Taipei time). The company will also give forward-looking statements on its business outlook in the coming months. Securities dealers said Apple's Q4 results, currency exchange rate, margin trade trending could affect the local stock market's situation during the week. (Jan. 21, 2013). Commercial Times: The Ministry of Economic Affairs said over the weekend that it plans to push Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. to collaborate with local equipment production companies in producing key instruments or facilities at home. According to official statistics, Taiwan incurred a deficit of US$15.23 billion in trade in 30 key devices and instruments last year. Of the amount, US$9.68 billion was incurred from trade in semiconductor production equipment. The ministry said it hopes to convince TSMC to form partnership with local equipment makers and large foreign equipment producers built manufacturing lines in Taiwan to help narrow the trade gap. (Jan. 21, 2013). (By Sofia Wu)


Updated : 2021-07-29 11:28 GMT+08:00