iPhone Contracts, Different Outer Design?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The Commercial Times reports that Quanta Computer has received orders to assemble approximately 5 million Apple iPhones for shipment in September. It appears this is an additional order beyond the first batch which was originally placed with Foxconn (Hon Hai). The initial shipment is presumably due in late-June to meet Apple's target date.

    Forbes was unable to get any further commentary about the report from the newspaper, but Digitimes provides some curious details from the report, indicating the September order is meant to fill a different market:
    The iPhone's U.S. launch is expected in late June, while the European launch has been said to be in the 4th Quarter of this year.
  2. mathilda macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2005
    early in europe

    well a early european lauch would be great. Remains to be seen with which carrier and what conditions...
  3. cwedl macrumors 65816


    Jun 5, 2003
    I'm hoping this means that the phone will be available on the 3g network
  4. screensaver400 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2005

    Wow, revealing. We can conclude, based on the source, that the Foxconn order is not designated for the US market. Those manufactured by Quanta will not be similar in function to those from Foxconn, but will have the same outer design. The Quanta devices will target the same markets as the Foxconn units. The sources for these tidbits are Thailand-based.
  5. Zillatron macrumors member

    Dec 1, 2004
    If this is true, its interesting...seems unlikely that they would have different designs for different markets (iPod? no. any Mac? no.)...why would this be any different?

    More likely the innards (and software) will be different.

  6. unsolvedmistere macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2007
    It looks like my new iPhone will be outdated by september and I don't even have it yet...
  7. furious macrumors 65816


    Aug 7, 2006
    European model?

    Hopefully I want an iPhone in Australia stat.
  8. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    Think you have it a bit backwards.Digitimes says the Foxconn is for the US market and the Quanta has a different outer design specifically for other markets.
  9. aristotle macrumors 68000


    Mar 13, 2007
    Those must be for the Canadian market through Rogers.
  10. LimeiBook86 macrumors 604


    May 4, 2002
    Go Vegan
    Two different designs? I guess this could have to do with standards or something between countries but, we all know what this will cause... people wanting to collect both iPhones. :p :D
  11. samh004 macrumors 68020


    Mar 1, 2004
    This is good that they've got the ball rolling already for other markets. I can't wait till it comes to Asia myself.

    I can only imagine this will be a different color, as mentioned above, white instead of black, or similar.

    I can't see them changing the design to be thicker or slimmer before the current versions are even on the market.

    You mean all 4 don't you ;)
  12. hawken king macrumors member

    hawken king

    May 20, 2007
    lets hope its the 3G model for Japan.


    just me then.

    My contract runs out in september...
  13. Project macrumors 68020

    Aug 6, 2005
    Anybody with a knowledge of the logistical process of consumer electronics?

    Basically, if an order is put in for production in September, when would you usually expect to see it in stores (provided there are no artificial delays, to meet a product launch data for instance)?
  14. wildmannz macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2005
    iPhone Contracts, Different Outer Design?

    I can't imagine that they would change the exterior for appearances sake.
    I CAN imagine that they would make a different form-factor like the nano-esque version that has been mentioned.
    Could this possibly be it?

    As with all rumors - taken with more than just a grain of salt.
  15. Belly-laughs macrumors 6502a


    Jun 8, 2003
    you wish
    It´s not another iphone, it´s the 6G iPod. The numbers are wrong too, not 5M but 50M.

    I could be wrong, though…
  16. belovedmonster macrumors regular

    May 11, 2005
    Wooooaoh wait a minute.... !!!!!

    What if this rumour is ever so slightly off the mark, and this other "iPhone" is actually the true widescreen iPod?

    Plausible? I would have thought so.
  17. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

    Feb 14, 2003
    SF Bay area
    Beat me to it. Not that the Asian papers have been that accurate in the details.
  18. TeddyBlack macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2007
    Is it not possible that, if this is for the european market, at least for the UK, the different casing design could be to incorporate access to the sim card, as opposed to the US version where it is supposed to be welded in?(http://www.beforeview.info/iphone/2.html). As from previous posts, the mobile phone market in the UK is different from the US, in that people are very used to being able to take pretty much any sim card and put it into any phone. People are just used to a lot more freedom when it comes to taking their phone to another service provider. I still can't believe Apple are thinking of having the iphone tied to just one provider in the UK; as far as I know, there isn't a phone on the UK market that is tied solely to one.
    I just think, if true, the more likely reason for a slightly different designed casing would be for something like this, rather than a different model?. But then, what do I know......
  19. nubero macrumors regular

    Mar 25, 2003
    i don't think so. there''s no reason for that here in europe.
    the only thing i can imagine is hard branding. great. i can't wait to see the blue and red carrier logo on my iphone here... *pukes*
  20. Raveny macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2003
    In January I thought Apple will increase capacity up to 16GB... why is there still a 100$ difference between both iPhone models when the 4GB nano and 8GB nano have a 50$ difference? It's the same NAND memory :confused:
    But very unlikely...
  21. DrFrankTM macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2005
    SIM card welded?!?

    Does anyone know the reliability of beforeview? Does the iPhone really have a welded SIM card? The iPhone seems like a pretty good little machine, but I'll be in Asia all of 2008 and I was hoping I could get one before leaving Canada.
  22. Evangelion macrumors 68040

    Jan 10, 2005
    It's not welded in. There's a tray for the SIM-card. It was clearly shown during the keynote.
  23. Evangelion macrumors 68040

    Jan 10, 2005
    I really, really, really hope so. I'm getting the urge for a new iPod. The money is burning a hole in my pocket, and I feel it's time to move on from my iPod Mini. And I _want_ the fullscreen iPod with touch-controls. I really, really want it. I can't really get an iPhone and it's not suitable for my needs.

    Apple: Please give us iPhone based iPod, and soon. I'm begging you. The iPod video is getting a bit old, and your competitors are gaining on you. Please: give us a device that is jaw-droppingly awesome. You did that with the iPhone, and you can do it with the iPod. I have the money ready.

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