It’s been a pretty rough year for Foxconn, with employee suicide problems, and a plant exploding in recent months, but that hasn’t stopped the company from trying its best to remain Apple’s sole iPad manufacturer in 2011.
The report comes on the heels of another report from DigiTimes that indicated that Apple was looking into adding a second manufacturer to its process to help eliminate supply restraint in the future. At the time it was also stated that Apple would be releasing an iPad HD version of the iPad in the very short term, despite only having the iPad 2 on the market for a couple of months. Foxconn has moved to try to stop Paragon from picking part of the iPad 3 load, and instead they’re trying to convince Apple they can carry the load themselves for the time being.
Either Foxconn heard the rumours and panicked, or the original rumours may have been overstated. In any case, it sounds like Foxconn really wants to remain Apple’s sole manufacturer moving forward. Foxconn should be a little bit worried however. According to AppleInsider, that Pegatron is already sniffing around for potential orders in 2012, when Apple is expected to release its fourth-generation iPad. Pegatron is already rumoured to be receiving orders for 10 million units of Apple’s next generation iPhone (iPhone 5). If true, it’s only a matter of time until someone desperately tries to end the Apple-Foxconn marriage. It’s no wonder that Foxconn is trying to head back to the table to gain exclusivity. If they don’t, there are companies waiting in the wings to pick up the slack.