Apple has tied up with ODM Wistron, a Taiwanese device maker, to speed up its iPad Mini 2 production activities according to reports from DigiTimes. The tie-up seems to align with Apple’s continuing efforts to enhance its supply chain in anticipation of the supposed launch of its much-hyped products this Fall.
Apple is already working with two other Taiwanese device makers – Foxconn and Pegatron. Though Wistron’s role is aimed to boost iPad Mini production activities, the report notes that the new company’s participation is set to begin only in 2014, extending into the subsequent year. But, Wistron has its iPad Mini production unit all set to go, which is actually an essential criterion to qualify for Apple’s approval.
The developments probably convey that Apple can utilize Wistron’s facility to overcome potential setbacks in the ongoing production. Apple watchers have forecast big surprises, including the iPad Mini 2 and iPad 5, from Apple by the end of this year.
Both the iPad Mini 2 and iPad 5 will come with the revolutionary iOS 7 operating system. Other than the OS, the Retina Display has kindled quite a bit of interest among Apple fans. The Mini will flaunt a 7.9-inch display and will likely be powered by the dual-core A6X processor. It is expected to feature an 8MP back camera and 2MP front facing camera.
Wistron, a dedicated mobile device manufacturer, is well-equipped to handle Apple’s iPhone and iPad manufacturing requirements. Apple’s efforts seem to indicate that the iPad Mini 2’s release date will be advanced. The Mini is likely to arrive in September-October.
Wistron has a proven background for mass production of mobile devices, including tablets, smartphones and notebooks, so there is a fair chance that Apple will retain its tie-up to move into future projects.