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iPad mini 2 and iPad 5 tipped for August production: specifications MIA

iPad mini 2 and iPad 5 tipped for August production: specifications MIA

As months pass since the last release of devices in Apple's iPad range, suggestions of production of the two newest entries in the environment appear. This week word comes from Taiwan that one of Apple's most-used manufacturing groups, Foxconn, will be ramping up production on both a second generation of the iPad mini and the 5th generation of the full-sized iPad as soon as next month in China. This news comes attached with a supposed production sample of the new iPad mini, sharper edges, black casing, thinner body and all.

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iPad mini 2 and “budget” iPhone orders tipped to hit Pegatron for August

iPad mini 2 and “budget” iPhone orders tipped to hit Pegatron for August

It would appear that the order for the next-generation devices in both smartphone and tablet form have hit the manufacturing line Pegatron if reports today hold steady. The folks at Pegatron have more than once been suggested to be taking on more Apple orders of late, with the first iPad mini and the "budget" iPhone for later this year appearing both inside and outside of Apple's general favorite for such duties: Foxconn.

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Apple pushing supply chain load from Foxconn to Pegatron, says sources

Apple pushing supply chain load from Foxconn to Pegatron, says sources

As we noted yesterday, Apple's Tim Cook hinted that variations of the iPhone, such as versions that fall at different price points, could be in the company's future. Rumors of a low-cost iPhone have been circulating for months now, with at one point Apple's Phil Schiller saying such a device will never have a future in the company's products. Despite that, the rumor is still alive, and today sources told the Wall Street Journal that a low-cost iPhone is expected to be made available later this year.

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Foxconn own-brand expansion tipped as Apple orders plateau

Foxconn own-brand expansion tipped as Apple orders plateau

Apple's tussle for market share with Samsung has forced Foxconn to consider launching its own brand of accessories, sources claim, as the long-time iPhone manufacturing partner hunts alternative sources of income. "Limited order growth" among Foxconn's bigger clients has been blamed for the strategy shift, one Hon Hai executive told the WSJ, with sources claiming that the company is no longer satisfied with contract manufacturing and instead wants to leverage its own brand. Another possibility is white-label content supply, branching out into media Foxconn would supply to its existing customers.

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Foxconn continues to violate Chinese labor laws says report

Foxconn continues to violate Chinese labor laws says report

Foxconn has come under fire repeatedly, fueled by several worker suicides and threats of suicides, as well as protests and its eventual installation of nets to catch employees who jump from the roof. Because of the criticism, the Chinese manufacturer - which supplies some Apple devices, among others - agreed to over 300 terms set forth by Apple after a Fair Labor Association investigation. While some things have changed, the latest report shows that employees are still being overworked.

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