Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Pegatron is opening up new factory space and hiring extra staff to meet orders to produce Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6.
Citing unnamed sources, Taiwanese website Commercial Times said production of the new smartphone would begin in the second quarter of 2014, which is somewhere between April and June.
The newspaper did not suggest when the iPhone 6 would be announced, or go on sale, but Apple’s release schedule of the last few years would suggest an autumn arrival for its latest handset.
Pegatron is expanding space at its Kunshan facility, on the outskirts of Shanghai, China.
Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn, will also produce the upcoming smartphone. The iPhone 6 is widely expected to feature a larger screen than the 4in Retina display found in the iPhone 5s, and the device will run the iOS 8 operating system with new applications focused on health and fitness.
One such app, called Healthbook, was comprehensively leaked earlier this week, revealing a means of recording movement, exercise, diet, heart rate, blood sugar levels, sleeping patterns and more.
It is believed that Apple will also launch a wearable device called iWatch to track the wearer’s health, similar to how Samsung’s Gear watch interacts with the S Health app of the Galaxy S5 smartphone.
Source: Commercial Times