BenQ confirms the existence of Apple iPhone
Taiwanese phone maker BenQ has claimed that the iPod maker Apple is currently talking with several Taiwanese phone makers since quite sometime for a possible deal about manufacturing the rumored Apple iPhone mobile phone.
BenQ claimed that Apple is expecting to be out with this mobile phone product within the next few months. A senior BenQ executive was cited as saying: “An iPod phone is definitely coming. BenQ will not be making it as we are in competition with Apple however; several of our suppliers have been approached to manufacture parts. Among manufacturers in Taiwan, it is common knowledge. The issue for many is the availability of parts if the phone takes off.â€
Johnny Chan, a J.P. Morgan analyst based in Hong Kong added his research findings: “Apple still hasn’t decided whether to give the contract for what’s being referred to as an ‘iPhone’ to Hon Hai or to another manufacturer, says Ellen Tseng, a Morgan Stanley analyst in Taipei. One analyst in Taipei who declined to be identified said Taiwan Green Point Enterprises, which makes plastic cases for the iPod, is in talks with Apple for a role in the phone.”
The research firm said in a statement that Apple would introduce the phone by the fourth quarter of this year. Another market analyst Gene Munster from Piper Jaffray had recently said that there is a 75% chance that we’ll seen an iPhone in the next 12 months.