Apple orders 15 million iPhone 5s

We suspect a few party poppers have been fired in the air at the Pegatron factory of late, after the company got an order of 15 million iPhone 5 handsets from Apple. There might well be a bit of overtime going there too.

DigiTimes has the scoop, the same site that earlier this week claimed production of both the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 was being stepped up. This time it's being more specific with its details, claiming Taiwan-based notebook maker Pegatron Technology has the order for 15 million iPhone 5s, which it will begin shipping in September 2011. That sits nicely with just about every other rumour about the incoming iPhone 5. The company itself has declined to comment. It'd probably too busy to be fair.

It's a big deal for the company, which seems to have wrestled the big order off Apple's previously-preferred manufacturer Foxconn. That company is still making iPhones, but the bulk of the order seems to be going to Pegatron.

That's all well and good for the company and its shareholders, but as consumers, it's the underlying story we're more interested in. The new iPhone is nearly here and with 15 millon+ on the market before Christmas, stock shortages shouldn't be a problem. Although, as ever, queuing will almost certainly be required if you want one on day one. It's a modern-day tradition.

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