According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Taiwan-based contract manufacturers Wistron and Compal Communications will join Appleâ€™s current suppliers, Foxconn and Pegatron, to boost the iPhone 5c and iPad Mini production. Compal will build Apple's iPad mini while Wistronâ€™s job will be to build the colorful smartphone.
WSJ cites a Hon Hai (mother company of Foxconn) executive who said the following:
So, we can see that due to the high demand for the iPhone 5s, Foxconn will be designated to focus on production of Appleâ€™s flagship smartphone. WSJâ€™s sources donâ€™t reveal what the specific model of iPad mini Compal will produce, but we already know that the upcoming Retina display iPad Mini is expected to be in short supply.
Therefore, most likely, to avoid short supply issues and to keep customers happy, Apple is adding Compal as a new contract manufacturing partner for the production of the Retina display iPad Mini. Taiwan-based Compal Communications also makes tablets for Lenovo and smartphones for Nokia and Sony.