iPhone 5 Supply Chain Ramping Up for Imminent Launch

With the iPhone 5 launch around the corner, Apple and its supply chain are reportedly working double shifts to build several millions of units before the device hits store shelves. According to a new Digitimes report, Apple’s main manufacturing partner Foxconn is producing a whopping 150,000 units each day, as hundreds of thousands of parts designed for the upcoming device such as touch panels, displays and batteries are shipped to Foxconn’s factories on a daily basis. As a result, Apple will have at least 6 million iPhone 5s on hand when the device launches sometime next month– a record. Over the next months, Foxconn will steadily increase the number of units it builds every single day, in order to supply over 22 million devices until the end of the year. As reported earlier, the iPhone 5 is rumored to come with a new, oval home button, as well as an oversized 4-inch screen. The back of the device will offer tapered edges, much like the iPod touch, and is expected to be made out of aluminum instead of glass, as Apple is expected to go back to the older iPhones design due to an unexpected high rate of shattered glass backs experienced with the iPhone 4. The iPhone 5 is expected to sport the same A5 processor found in the iPad 2, and its camera will be able to take pictures of up to 8 megapixels – in comparison, the iPhone 4 features the A4 processor introduced alongside the original iPad, as well as a 5-megapixel camera. The device is rumored to launch during the second part of October, and will come pre-loaded with iOS 5, which should offer a slew of improvements, such as a vastly improved notifications system, Twitter integration, better Safari and Mail apps, the new iMessage service, iCloud integration, improved multitasking, and better overall responsiveness. [image courtesy of macrumors]