Apple is reportedly ready to certify two new Asian assembly partners in a move to boost iPhone 5c and iPad mini supplies. A new report from The Wall Street Journal says at least one partner will be ramping up production by the end of the year.
Taiwan-based contract manufacturers Wistron and Compal Communications will come on board to supplement existing partners Foxconn and Pegatron, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday. Wistron will reportedly handle iPhone 5c production, while Compal will build Apple’s iPad mini.
Although the relationship between Apple and its main production partner, Foxconn, is reported to be strained, the Chinese company will continue to focus on production of the iPhone 5s, which continues to be in short supply.
Disagreements between Apple and Foxconn include labor issues, arguments over responsibility for manufacturing defects, and Foxconn’s refusal to dedicate more resources to orders from Apple.