A new report about Apple’s Asian supply chain indicates at least two component makers are “gearing up” for the production of Apple’s much-rumored next-generation iPad and AirPod models, which are widely-rumored to debut very soon.
Flexible PCB firms Flexium Interconnect and Zhen Ding Technology are gearing up for mass production for Apple’s next-generation iPad devices, while Compeq Manufacturing and Unitech PCB supply rigid-flex boards for the forthcoming AirPods, according to industry sources.
Many recent reports indicate Apple’s next-generation entry-level iPad will feature a larger 10.2-inch display as well as a faster processor. The new tablet is expected to retain the same chassis design and most of the other components (including a headphone jack and Touch ID), of Apple’s existing 9.7-inch base iPad
The DigiTimes report says the component makers are welcoming the new production lines, which will help them offset lost iPhone revenue.
Both Zhen Ding and Flexium may see their shipments for Apple’s upcoming iPad models offset a slowdown in shipments for the iPhones in the first half of 2019, the sources noted. Meanwhile, the availability of Apple’s long-awaited AirPods 2 is seen as a boost to revenues at both Compeq and Unitech during the six-month period, the sources continued.
Compeq Manufacturing and Unitech PCB – both based in Taiwan – are also preparing for mass production of the rigid-flex boards to be used in the next model of Apple’s AirPods.
The “AirPods 2” are rumored to offer native Siri integration, sound quality improvements, and new health tracking features. A black color option has also been rumored, along with a possible new textured surface.
Apple is holding a media event on March 25, the shindig is expected to focus on services, including Apple’s streaming television service and an Apple News subscription-based service. However, it isn’t likely the Cupertino firm will debut new hardware and accessories at the event.
Rumors have indicated a low-cost iPad might hit the scene in late March. As for the new AirPods, reports have indicate release dates anywhere from this spring to late fall. We will keep you posted.