Foxconn May be Building 150K iPhone 5 Handsets a Day

More iPhone 5 rumorsAssuming information from Taiwan parts suppliers is correct, Foxconn is already building about 150,000 iPhone 5 units a day ahead of the device’s official launch. The anonymous sources also claim iPhone 5 shipments could hit 6 million in September, and 22 million for the fourth quarter, according to DigiTimes.

Apparently Pegatron has been contracted to produce about 15 percent of Apple’s iPhone 5 orders, although the company isn’t expected to start delivering product until some time in 2012.

Rumors have been claiming that Apple will launch the next iPhone model some time in September or October, although the company hasn’t offered any hints as to when the updated version of its combination smartphone and iPod will hit store shelves. Assuming the Taiwan sources are correct, Foxconn’s current build rate will help Apple stockpile inventory for pre-orders and launch day sales, although there isn’t any guarantee that the company will have enough product on hand to meet demand.

Rumors also point to Sprint coming on board as the third U.S. iPhone partner, although the carrier isn’t commenting on whether or not it will, in fact, sell and support Apple’s smartphone.