Pegatron bags contract to produce Mac desktops

By Matthew Smith on July 12, 2010, 3:22 PM
According to Digitimes, Pegatron has claimed a major victory by earning new business building Mac desktops. The specific models are not clear yet, nor has a definite date been given for production. This represents a much-needed win for the former Asus manufacturing arm, however, as the company’s revenue has continually dropped over 2010.

In the past Apple has mostly used Foxconn for production, but there is history between the two companies. Pegatron currently makes some iPhone 4s, and in the past has been responsible for producing MacBook laptops.

Of course, Apple's decision to broaden its manufacturing horizons comes in the context of the Foxconn suicide debacle. Although that issue is starting to fade from the popular light, it is possible that the Cupertino-based company is looking for partners who are not as easily accused of sweatshop conditions. It could also be speculated that this new partnership indicates new Mac desktops are on their way, as both the iMac and the Pro are due for an update.




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kyosuke said:

I heard Apple was dropping the Mac line to focus more on Phones, iPods and iPads. Any chance somebody can confirm that?

jobeard jobeard, TS Ambassador, said:

Not likely. Mac people are notoriously loyal and resistant to OEM solutions.

It's a given that the Apple profits are in the other product lines however.

SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

They (Apple) aren't dropping computers.

This contract is just for a company to build Macs for Apple to sell, its not a 3rd party vendor. Pegatron already builds (some? all?) iPhone 4s.

This is also doesn't appear to be entirely confirmed yet (per digitimes's own article which wasn't linked). Macrumors.com is silent on it so far...

Guest said:

you probably heard: Apple Drops Mac Category From Annual Design Awards

Guest said:

or Apple drops Mac in favor of booming 'iPlatform'

http://www.macworld.com.au/news/view/apple-drops-mac-in-favo
r-of-booming-iplatform-4702

raybay said:

Apple still makes plenty of income off their various comptuers. Take a look at their balance sheets.

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