Rumor: Apple’s iPhone 5 Diffucult to Manufacture | ZDNet

Apple has reportedly lined up components to manufacture its next generation iPhone as it preps a third quarter launch, but the device appears to be tricky to make. That fact is likely to give Hon Hai Precision, which manufactures the iPhone via its Foxconn unit, a big headache.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the latest iPhone will be thinner and lighter than the iPhone 4. The Journal story, which is more of a catch-up piece aggregating previous reports mostly from DigiTimes, cited two sources noting that the iPhone could be delayed if Hon Hai can’t improve yields. The next-gen iPhone is reportedly “complicated and difficult to assemble.”

Last month, Hon Hai Chairman Terry Gou acknowledged that the iPhone was difficult to make. The company is betting that it can improve its profit margins and diversify into new markets.

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