Tuesday, May 29, 2007, 06:15 am PT (09:15 am ET)
Quanta lands orders for future iPhone - reportTaiwanese notebook manufacturer Quanta Computer has secured a contract with Apple Inc. to build the first successor to the iPhone, according to reports.
On Tuesday, Taiwan's two largest financial newspapers said the company, which already manufacturers certain MacBook models for Apple, will start churning out iPhones this September at an initial run rate of about 5 million handsets.
Both the Chinese-language Commercial Times and Economic Daily News reported that Apple is also scheduled to take delivery of the new handset starting in September, but neither cited sources.
The reports added that "the second-generation device" will reportedly offer "a different outer design to fit different markets."
In an ensuing statement, Quanta said that while it is taking measures to win new orders and increase business, it does not comment on rumors due to confidentiality agreements with customers.
Meanwhile, DigiTimes cited a source at Quanta who claims the company has not won orders for the iPhone yet, but it's vigorously competing to do so.
Apple's inaugural iPhone handset, due in late June, is believed to be manufactured by Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.).
Quanta is presently the world's largest contract notebook PC manufacturer.
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