Foxconn to start 4.7-inch iPhone 6 production in July; followed by pricier 5.5-inch model in August

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As expected, Foxconn will once again be the primary supplier of Apple’s newest iPhone model, according to a report from Digitimes. The Chinese manufacturer is expected to supply upwards of 70% of 4.7-inch iPhone 6 shipments in 2015, starting in July of this year. The rumored 5.5-inch model of the device is said to begin manufacturing at Foxconn soon after in August.

Apple is rumored to release a 5.5-inch and a 4.7-inch iPhone in 2014 with Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) said to be manufacturing both models, while Pegatron has landed 30% of the 4.7-inch model’s orders, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Orders for the existing 4-inch iPhone will be outsourced to Wistron. Foxconn will supply 70% of the 4.7-inch iPhone shipments for 2015.

Although Foxconn will be supplying 70% of the 4.7-inch supply according to this report, it’s worth noting that Apple may also partner with both Pegatron and Winstron. The former is a long-time iPhone supplier and secondary source for Apple manufacturing, while the latter is a new partner that was introduced to help Apple produce the iPhone 5c, and may step in to produce the current model once the iPhone 6 is announced.

The latest rumors suggest that Apple’s 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will be marketed as a premium model, likely at a $100 price increase over the 4.7-inch device. As is the norm with Apple, the higher end device may also ship with some kind of exclusive feature or features, in this case potentially a sapphire glass display. As we reported in April, Apple is said to be fighting with carriers for a $100 iPhone price increase, and it would make sense for that to be with the 5.5-inch model.

Apple is expected to announce the 4.7-inch device at some point this Fall, and the 5.5-inch device is expected to be revealed later in the year. This report, although from the only-sometimes-accurate Digitimes, would fit this timeline fairly well.