Electric Imp, which is inside many connected devices from Quirky’s products to fun Budweiser promotional gear, has raised $15 million to tackle the industrial internet as well.
The two rumored iPhone models coming out this fall will have “differentiating features,” including different camera hardware, according to a report.
It may seem counterintuitive, but it’s not: HP, king of servers, turns to the contract manufacturer to build web-scale servers.
Apple is reportedly looking to bring in two new suppliers to help boost production of the iPhone 5c and iPad mini in 2014.
Pegatron is already an Apple partner — it made some iPhones and the iPad mini — but is set to take on a larger role, according to the WSJ. Apple will reportedly be “dividing its weight more equally” among it and Foxconn
Foxconn isn’t looking for ways to reduce its dependence on Apple; it’s really looking for ways to rely less on the iPhone.
Bloomberg says the hiring began in mid-March at a Zhengzhou factory for work on a new Apple device as well as older model iPhones. The Journal says Foxconn has been hiring 10,000 new workers every week since then.
Hon Hai Precision Co. is the parent company of Apple’s biggest manufacturing partner. On Wednesday it reported it saw a 19 percent drop in its sales for the first quarter of 2013.
The FT says Apple’s manufacturing partner isn’t hiring any more workers for a month because of lowered iPhone 5 demand. But Bloomberg got a spokesman to offer a different explanation.
Foxconn is having trouble assembling the iPhone 5 — still. If it’s so complicated that what Apple considers the best contract manufacturer on the planet can’t figure out a way to produce it that keeps up with demand, it’s worth wondering if perhaps Apple designers overreached.