Digitimes reports that Foxconn has finally persuaded Apple not to forge a new partnership with Pegatron Technology in wake to protect its orders. Pegatron, who already bagged manufacturing orders for at least 10 million iPhone 5 (iPhone 4S) from Apple is now eyeing orders for iPad 4 as well as notebooks and desktops from Apple in 2012.
Foxconn has exerted its efforts to protect its orders and apparently has persuaded Apple to not shift some of its iPad orders to other contractors for the moment, the sources added.
Earlier report from the same publication two days back claimed that the explosion inside Foxconn assembly line in Chengdu, China, might force Apple to seek a second iPad manufacturer to avoid logistical disruptions and boost production. We however, correctly predicted that having signed long-term confidential deal with Foxconn, Apple is unlikely to shift transfer orders to Pegatron or Quanta.
However, being sole manufacturer, it would now be challenging for Foxconn to increase output as it reckons Apple could sell as many as 24-25 million iPhones in the 4Q-2011, up from 18.6 million in the 1Q-2011. Since iPad 3 is also scheduled to be launched in August, the total shipments of all iPad tablets are expected to cross 15 million units.