According to a recent report from DigiTimes, they claim that according to their sources, it seems that Apple will be producing all of its iPhone batteries on automated production lines starting later this year. Apparently this is done to help reduce the amount of manpower required and allowing the company to shift its supply chain resources towards other things.
The report claims, “Apple has already automated its Mac Pro and iMac production lines. Other than materials and final assembly, manpower is not required for the rest of the manufacturing.” If anything this sounds like a good idea because according to an earlier rumor, Pegatron has been pegged to be one of the companies responsible for assembling the upcoming iPhone 6.
Assuming that Apple will indeed be automating the production of its iPhone batteries, this would allow Pegatron and Foxconn to focus their efforts on producing the rest of the iPhone 6’s components. In fact it has been suggested that by moving the production of iPhone batteries to an automated line could also help lessen the amount of defects, some of which were present in some iPhone 5s units last year.
Hopefully this will also mean that the waiting time for the iPhone 6 will be lessened as well, since Pegatron and Foxconn will be able to concentrate on assembling the phone itself, as opposed to having to help manufacture the batteries as well. Take it with a grain of salt for now, but we guess only time will tell to see if this rumor will have any effect on the iPhone’s supply later on in the year.