Apple's given Hon Hai Precision Industry the green light to begin mass producing both high- and low-end iPhone models, according to a new report.
Citing sources, The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) says Apple's gearing up for an early September launch of those devices, and has put in the orders with its usual assembler, Hon Hai, which goes by Foxconn.
An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment on the report.
The news comes amid numerous leaks of purported parts for both high-end and lower-end iPhone models, expected to be unveiled at. Most recently that's taken the form of a gold-colored iPhone, which several reports have since claimed in this next set of updates.
The Journal's report is the latest in a series to suggest that work has already begun to produce Apple's next iPhones. Japanese Apple blog Macotakara suggested Apple was building an "S" model of the iPhone. More recently, China Business News last month suggested that Foxconn was to build the device.
Apple is expected to unveil two new iPhones next month: a high-end 5S model that will add new hardware features to last year's iPhone 5, as well as an iPhone 5C that will feature plastic components to cut down on costs. Myriad components for both devices, including rear casings, have cropped up online over the past few weeks, suggesting Apple is on the brink of preparing the gadgets for consumers.
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