Apple Rumored to Shift iPad Production to Pegatron

Apple has reportedly added China’s Pegatron Technology as a production facility for the next-generation iPad that it will announce in the coming months, according to a report by Digitimes. The news site has said in recent weeks that Apple will announce a fourth iPad this October, and it said on Tuesday that Pegatron will take a larger role in producing those.

Digitimes’ sources added that Apple will eventually phase most of its iPad production over to Pegatron and retain long-time supplier Foxconn Electronics for iPhone assembly. The strategy is said to “decrease risk and increase the quality of [Apple’s] products.”

Pegatron currently has contracts from Asustek Computer, Toshiba, Acer and Fujitsu, and Lenovo recently placed an ultrabook order with the manufacturer. Digitimes said that Pegatron is also pursuing ultrabook orders from Acer and notebook orders from Sony, along with Sony’s upcoming Playstation 4 videogame console.