Apple is all set to start the mass production of the upcoming iPhone 2018 lineup as it has certified the important component suppliers. Certification is one of the key steps for Apple before the component suppliers start shipping large quantities of components to larger manufacturers where the final assembly of smartphones happens. According to the report by Economic Daily News, a Taiwanese publication, Fubon Securities, a Taiwanese research firm stated that the component companies have started shipping camera lenses, metal chassis, and other essential parts to Foxconn and other larger manufacturers.
Fubon added that Foxconn will assemble all the second generation iPhone X devices, 90 percent of all the iPhone X Plus devices, and 75 percent of all the 6.1-inch iPhone with LCD panel. Rest of the devices will be assembled by Taiwan-based Pegatron. However, there is no clarification on when Foxconn will start the production of “fully-assembled devices”. According to a report by MacRumors, the company is known to scale up manufacturing of the new iPhone devices “over the summer” for the launch of new devices in September even if the company did not follow the timeline last year because of the delays with the iPhone X.
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Previous reports have gone on to state that it is likely that one of the devices from the iPhone 2018 lineup is also likely to face delays because of back-light leakage. It indicates that Foxconn may not be able to follow up its regular timeline of ramping up production for all the devices.
As reported previously, the iPhone with 6.1 inch LCD display is the one that is expected to be delayed by 4-6 weeks because of the issue.