Apple roundup: iPhone 6 production, Touch ID, OIS

Taiwan's Economic Daily News reports Foxconn is in the midst of hiring 100K workers to help ramp iPhone 6 (AAPL -0.1%) production. Fellow ODM Pegatron is also said to be ramping iPhone-related hiring.

Foxconn is said to be handling 70% of production for the iPhone 6, which is expected to tap into pent-up demand for bigger iPhones. Apple is reportedly trying to get carriers to agree to a price hike. Cirrus Logic (CRUS +2.8%) has closed higher following the report.

China Times reports TSMC (TSM -1.4%) is expected to produce 120M Touch ID fingerprint sensors this year, up over 3x from last year. Next-gen iPad models are expected to support Touch ID, which was just opened up to iOS developers.

Following an Asian trip, Pac Crest believes the 5.5" iPhone 6 will support optical image stabilization (OIS). The firm also backs up VentureBeat by expressing confidence the iPhone 6 will support wireless charging and NFC.

Sony, LG, and Nokia have included OIS in high-end smartphone models, and Samsung is expected to do so in upcoming phones. Pac Crest's report follows the release of API data suggesting iOS 8 supports manual camera controls.

Update: Bloomberg reports iPhone 6 mass-production will start in July, and that both the 4.7" and 5.5" models might arrive in September.

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  • J 457
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    100k new jobs for China. Maybe a few new corporate marketing jobs for America to roll-out the new device. And does anyone really have to wonder why 50mm people are on EBT and the medium annual wage in America is $27k. Here you have it, another example from the folks at AAPL. Giving away America's wealth as quickly as they can. They are certainly not alone. $600mm to Egypt and new Apaches for the taking..but son's school is dilapidated, falling apart and "they" say no taxpayer funds to fix it. What's your priority? Let me guess..standing in line to buy the new IPhone6? Sometimes we get what we deserve.


    23 Jun 2014, 06:23 PM Reply Like
  • Liquid Crystal
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    America's wealth? It's Apple's wealth, and they are not US gov't responsible for creating US jobs. They are a for profit business, and will make use of global resources wherever beneficial. Stop blaming others for your shortcomings.
    23 Jun 2014, 06:35 PM Reply Like
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    Remember only YOU are in charge of YOUR well-being. Not happy with the status quo, change it! As long as there are people unwilling to go out and work and instead sit on their asses looking for handouts/bailouts from the govt. things will never change. My 17 year old daughter just got a job at a local P.J.'s Coffee and is making minimum wage working about 30 ours a week. Not a lot of money... but when she adds in her tips it's nearly double! And did I mention all she does is MAKE COFFEE!!!!! It's so ironic that Social Security is in a tailspin yet Welfare is just full of cash to give away. Oh, and I'm guessing that's Apple's fault too. Puhleeeze!
    23 Jun 2014, 06:45 PM Reply Like
  • cshoxie
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    Ask yourself, "could the current administration have anything to do with what ails you?" You are correct, you get what you vote for.
    23 Jun 2014, 07:53 PM Reply Like
  • The Rebel
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    The jobs are in China because Apple has the foresight to keep the unions from infiltrating and destroying it the same way they have destroyed GM.
    23 Jun 2014, 10:19 PM Reply Like
  • techy46
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    Great illogical liberal rant!
    24 Jun 2014, 12:18 AM Reply Like
  • Mdeva
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    Of course you knew your post would be a clarion call to all the jingoistic, climate change denying, dinosaurs from the right, who THINK they're on the vertical slope of America's great L-Curve.
    24 Jun 2014, 08:39 AM Reply Like
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    J 457:


    Are you truly a fellow liberal minded person? We don't have that problem...with schools in Idaho....we are #48 and proud to beat Ms and LA.


    Apple is forced to have China produce the iPhones.....they can't help themselves.
    But....cheating on another matter. But....their tax-dodging days may be coming to an end...the EU is going after them.


    Anyway....good luck with that school funding. Remember the top 5% pay half of all income taxes.....and....they only pay half as much as the rest of us. (Could that be the answer?)


    23 Jun 2014, 06:41 PM Reply Like
  • Jack Baker
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    Apple does not tax dodge. They pay their fair taxes and not a penny more. As I expect of them as a shareholder.
    23 Jun 2014, 10:38 PM Reply Like
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    Avoidance is legal where as evasion is illegal and Apple has simply avoided.
    23 Jun 2014, 10:56 PM Reply Like
  • strougo
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    Apple and cirrus thTs the logic
    23 Jun 2014, 08:53 PM Reply Like
  • K1smet
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 Apple isn't forced to manufacture their iPhones or iPads or iPods in China but they do it for business reasons. And they don't cheat on or "dodge" taxes either. Like you and me they do what the law requires. No more and no less. Or do you pay more than you have to to the federal government?


    Most of us don't and use what legal loopholes as are available. You sound like a jealous liberal. Perhaps our federal government should consider lowering the tax rates they charge? Businesses are in business to make money providing goods and services we want. They take the risks and if they're successful they - and we - benefit. Tell me what the federal government does to earn their 36%. Not a thing. Our government is corrupt, lazy and greedy - from top to bottom. They need to get the He!! out of the way instead of fighting corporations.
    23 Jun 2014, 09:06 PM Reply Like
  • imac007
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    Where is the research for these pieces? Image stabilization is in the 5S.
    Apple had been using their Shake algorithms previously to reduce the effect of movement. This has been part of Apple's sweet spot for years. It's the others who are playing catchup.


    The "news" that hiring is taking place for assembly is a yearly thing this time of year. They normally have to hire close to 150,00 in recent years just to handle the fall/holiday season volume. Putting out 8-10 phones per second 24/7 will be needed at the peak.
    23 Jun 2014, 09:13 PM Reply Like
  • Eric Jhonsa
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    The 5S has digital (electronic) image stabilization, not optical. Optical requires sensors built into the device.
    23 Jun 2014, 09:21 PM Reply Like
  • nordoman
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    Mac pros are made in the US--have you bought one?
    23 Jun 2014, 09:19 PM Reply Like
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    Apple is constructing iMacs in Austin Tx, a tax friendly State. Apple is creating a huge economic jobs generator in Mesa AZ with GTAT to produce synthetic sapphire to cover the screens of the iPhone and new wearable watch or whatever it is.....They follow the rules and demand the very best. That is America.
    23 Jun 2014, 09:53 PM Reply Like
  • mike33311
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    The iPhone 6 is going to be the mother of all upgrades because they've supposedly caved and are going to put out a phone with a decent sized screen. I thought the almighty Steve Jobs explained that the 3.5" screen was the ideal size .... how soon the iLemmings forget.
    23 Jun 2014, 10:06 PM Reply Like
  • diaboliqueguan
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    Great that you brought this point up again. Despite all the dogs howling that Tim Cook wasnt doing a good job, that AAPL lost out to Samsung. There was enough evidence that it was really Jobs who was against a larger phone and also a smaller tablet, and dividend too!
    24 Jun 2014, 03:13 AM Reply Like
  • techy46
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    Great article it sounds like Apple and Google are finally going to catch up with Nokia's, now Microsoft's, Lumia 935/ICON hardware. I wonder when they'll both dump those ugly legacy icons? Oh well, another stampede of iSheepy lining up.
    24 Jun 2014, 12:22 AM Reply Like
  • Warren Buffett007
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    If you start thinking that a product comes from china,then you not will buy nothing!.
    This is not companies failure,this is Politicians failure!.
    But I say long time ago, simple elevate the custom duty for china import, then it is no more profitable for companies to produce outside the countries!.
    24 Jun 2014, 02:49 AM Reply Like
  • diaboliqueguan
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    And lower the company tax rates?
    24 Jun 2014, 03:14 AM Reply Like
  • pocohonta
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    If we raise our import duty, then they will raise theirs. We'll have a trade war and everyone loses. Laissez-faire not protectionism.
    24 Jun 2014, 12:49 PM Reply Like
  • pman6
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    i hope iphone 6 drives stock back above $700
    24 Jun 2014, 03:11 AM Reply Like
  • Mustang2
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    I am excited for the iPhone 6 but I will be deeply disapointed if they don't offer their already wildly popular smaller screen. Am I the only one that does not want a large phone? I am afraid that all the people like me that like small phones will go somewhere else.
    25 Jun 2014, 07:31 PM Reply Like
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