iPhone 15


[News] Foxconn’s October Revenue Reaches 741.2 Billion NTD, Anticipates Q4 Upswing

According to TechNews’ report, Foxconn announced its October revenue on November 5th, reaching 741.2 billion NTD (New Taiwan Dollars). This represents a 12.20% month-on-month increase and a 4.56% year-on-year decrease, marking one of the highest revenues for the same period in recent years. For the accumulated revenue in the first ten months of this year, Foxconn achieved 5.494 trillion NTD, marking a 7.21% year-on-year decrease but still staying relatively high compared to past years.

Examining the performance by product categories on a monthly basis, the “Computing Products” category exhibited robust growth, benefiting from pre-holiday stockpiling due to the Chinese “Double 11” Shopping Festival and the Thanksgiving holiday in North America. The “Cloud and Network Products” category also saw strong growth as a result of increased demand from American server brand clients.

The “Smart Consumer Electronics” category experienced growth due to demand for new products, as well as early holiday stockpiling in preparation for Chinese Double 11 and the North American Thanksgiving. In contrast, the “Components and Other Products” category remained relatively stable month-over-month, as increased shipments of components for consumer intelligent products were offset by reduced demand in non-core business segments.

Looking at annual performance by product categories, the “Components and Other Products” category experienced substantial growth, attributed to an increased share of supply in consumer intelligent products and growth in shipments of automotive electronic components. The “Consumer Intelligent Products” category remained relatively steady.

In contrast, the “Cloud and Network Products” category displayed a more conservative momentum in client pull-ins, and the “Computer Terminal Products” category showed signs of weakening due to a slowdown in PC market demand.

Foxconn’s outlook for the fourth quarter remains positive, anticipating that the latter half of the year will benefit from the traditional peak season in the information technology industry. Therefore, operations are expected to gradually pick up each quarter, and the company maintains its view that the fourth quarter will exhibit significant growth compared to the third quarter.

Recent report from Anue has also suggested that Foxconn secured more than half of the orders for the MacBook series for the first time this year, along with strong sales of the iPhone 15 Pro, which are likely to drive revenue growth in the fourth quarter.

(Photo credit: Foxconn)


[Insights] Tata’s Challenge in Securing Large iPhobe Orders After Officially Acquiring Wistron’s India Factory

According to Bloomberg’s report, Taiwanese company Wistron, previously one of Apple’s iPhone assembly suppliers in India, has agreed to sell its 100% stake in Wistron InfoComm Manufacturing (India) Private Ltd. to Tata Group for $125 million on October 27, 2023. Wistron will formally exit Apple’s supply chain, and Tata will become the first local iPhone assembly supplier in India.

TrendForce’s insights:

  1. Apple Focuses on Indian Manufacturing as Wistron Exits iPhone Assembly Business

Amid international geopolitical risks, Apple has chosen to diversify its supply chain and production risks by shifting its iPhone assembly business from China to India. Apple’s decision to opt for India is primarily due to the fact that since 2015, India has become the fastest-growing regional market for smartphones globally.

Additionally, in recent years, the Indian government has actively worked to make India an attractive manufacturing and export hub for international companies. With strong government policy support and a vast domestic market, these factors have allured Apple to shift its production base here.

In the past, Wistron, along with Foxconn and Pegatron, was one of the three iPhone manufacturers for Apple in India. However, in 2020, there were reports of a riot at Wistron’s Indian factory, where thousands of Indian employees were dissatisfied with excessive working hours and unpaid wages. They vandalized the factory and even stole iPhones. This incident prompted Apple to initiate an investigation and ultimately led to a temporary suspension of its orders with Wistron.

Additionally, on July 17, 2020, Wistron announced the sale of its iPhone assembly plant located in Kunshan, China, to Luxshare Group. While this factory had an annual revenue that could exceed 100 billion yuan, its net profit margin was only 0.2%.

It can be inferred that the profit margins in the subcontracting business were inherently low, and following the riot incident at its Indian plant, Wistron may have lacked the bargaining leverage with Apple. Therefore, after considering all factors, it decided to sell its iPhone assembly plant in India.

  1. Tata Group Takes Over India Manufacturing, But Expectations Are Low for a Significant Increase in Their Share of New iPhone Assembly

Currently, Wistron’s factory in Bengaluru is primarily responsible for assembling orders for the iPhone 14. To qualify for production subsidies from the Indian government, Wistron has committed to producing at least $1.8 billion (USD) worth of iPhones by March 2024.  After this transaction is completed, Tata Group will take over and fulfill this commitment.

Previously, Tata Group’s casing factory produced only one out of every two components that met Apple’s standards, indicating significant room for improvement in its yield rate. By examining the outsourcing production share table below, it is evident that Foxconn has the highest share in Apple’s current new iPhone assembly. Among these four models, only certain models like iPhone15 and iPhone15 plus are produced by Tata Group in India.

This suggests that Apple may be allocating the production of relatively less popular models to Tata Group for testing their yield rates. This decision may be due to the positioning of iPhone and Plus series products, coupled with their comparatively lower sales performance in recent generations. Apple is likely doing this until the production standards of the Indian outsourcing factory can be confirmed to meet 100% compliance.

Consequently, even though Tata Group’s acquisition of Wistron’s subcontracting factory is expected to expand its capacity, its share in new iPhone assembly is unlikely to significantly increase in the short term.

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[News] Luxshare Doubles Business with 3 iPhone 15 Orders, Breaking Foxconn’s High-End Supply Dominance

According to a report by Taiwan’s Money DJ, Chinese assembly contractor Luxshare Precision has been actively entering Apple’s supply chain in recent years and has secured contracts to manufacture high-end models of the iPhone 15, no longer exclusively produced by Foxconn. Luxshare Precision’s Chairman, Wang Laichun, revealed in a recent interview that they have secured orders for three iPhone 15 models this year, and this business segment has doubled in performance over the past year.

She also disclosed that they are preparing for the production of Apple’s upcoming head-worn device, the Apple Vision Pro, set to be released early next year.

As reported by The Paper, Wang Laichun pointed out that Luxshare Precision currently provides development and manufacturing services for a range of Apple products, including iPhones, Apple Watch, AirPods, and Apple Vision Pro. They offer an integrated solution, from diverse components and modules to complete system assembly.

Luxshare Precision’s semi-annual report for 2023, released at the end of August, showed that their sales for the first half of the year reached RMB 97.97 billion, with a year-on-year increase of 19.53%. Their net profit was RMB 4.154 billion, marking a year-on-year increase of 22.48%. Not only did they achieve record cash flow, but several financial indicators also improved. Luxshare Precision expects its net profit for the first three quarters of 2023 to reach between RMB 7.040 billion and RMB 7.680 billion, a year-on-year increase of 10% to 20%.

The report noted that Wang Laichun attributes this growth to the company’s process optimization and efficiency improvements, which have led to a significant increase in the number of iPhone production models and quantities in recent years. She also mentioned that the company continues to expand its capacity in China to meet Apple’s demands. Last year, they established a new facility in Kunshan dedicated to iPhone development and production, creating tens of thousands of job opportunities.

(Photo credit: Apple)


[News] Chinese Firms Rise in iPhone Supply Chain, Enter New Optical Component Line

According to a report by Taiwan’s Central News Agency, the Apple iPhone 15 series has made its debut, and analysts have examined the supply chain, highlighting the increasing penetration of Chinese manufacturers in key components such as packaging modules, back glass, batteries, USB-C ports, acoustic components, wireless charging, and assembly. The role of Chinese manufacturers in critical optical components, including prisms, is particularly noteworthy.

Apple recently unveiled the iPhone 15 series, drawing market attention to the status of component suppliers, especially the progress made by Chinese manufacturers in optical key components. The top-tier iPhone 15 Pro Max features a tetraprism design in its telephoto camera. Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at TF International Securities, pointed out that this prism is a key component used for the first time in Apple’s iPhones. He speculates that the prism may be primarily supplied by China’s Lante Optics, with Crystal-Optech possibly being the second supplier.

In the realm of camera lenses, both reports from Japanese securities and Ming-Chi Kuo suggest that China’s Cowell may enter the supply chain for the front camera modules of the iPhone 15 series. Analysts also speculate that China’s Sunny Optical Technology may join the supply chain for camera lens components in the iPhone 15 series.

Regarding semiconductor packaging, while the system-in-package (SiP) modules for the iPhone 15 series are still primarily supplied by USI under the ASE Group, analysts anticipate that China’s JCET Group and Luxshare Precision will also enter the supply chain for SiP modules.

In the realm of back glass, the market generally expects that Lens Tech and Biel Crystal will remain the only two suppliers. In terms of acoustic components, GoerTek Acoustics is expected to provide a significant portion of the supply.

Analyzing the battery sector, reports from Japanese securities reports indicate that China’s Desay and Sunwoda are entering the supply chain for battery packaging in the iPhone 15 series.

Additionally, Luxshare Precision’s position in the supply chain for the iPhone 15 series cannot be underestimated. Analysts suggest that Luxshare has entered the assembly subcontracting supply chain for the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, and the top-tier iPhone 15 Pro Max. Some analysts estimate that Luxshare’s overall assembly share in the iPhone 15 series has increased to 28% to 30%, trailing only behind Hon Hai Precision Industry Group’s share of 58% to 60%.

Furthermore, analysts also point out that Luxshare has ventured into components such as wireless charging modules, USB-C ports and cables, as well as haptic technology elements in the iPhone 15 series.


[News] iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max are Projected with Periscopes Next Year, Largan and GSEO Expected to Get More Orders

Source to Tai Sounds, in what is considered a major camera upgrade highlight for the iPhone 15 Pro Max, the “periscope lens,” Apple made no mention of it during its product announcement. Industry insiders suggest that the 5x optical zoom is achieved using a periscope lens, and Apple may have chosen not to disclose this technology, possibly due to competition within the industry. Renowned analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, who is known for his deep understanding of Apple, stated that Largan Precision has expanded its production capacity to meet this order.

Kuo explained that Apple’s long-range camera for the iPhone will adopt a periscope design starting this year. This design will be used in the iPhone 15 Pro Max released this year and the iPhone 16 Pro Max and iPhone 16 Pro scheduled for next year. Largan Precision, a Taiwanese manufacturer, has expanded its production facilities in both Taichung and Xiamen to accommodate this order.

During the Apple product presentation, they emphasized the 5x optical zoom capability of the iPhone 15 Pro Max, claiming it’s equivalent to having seven individual camera lenses. However, there was no mention of the key technology, the “periscope lens,” which led some market experts to believe that the iPhone 15 Pro Max did not incorporate this technology, causing a decline in optical lens-related stocks.

According to the analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo’s,  from Tianfeng Securities’ latest research on September 13th, Apple’s long-range camera for the iPhone will indeed adopt a periscope design starting this year, covering the iPhone 15 Pro Max, next year’s iPhone 16 Pro Max, and iPhone 16 Pro.

In terms of technical specifications, Kuo’s analysis indicates that the periscope lenses on the iPhone 15 and iPhone 16 will share similar specifications, including a 1/3″ 12MP sensor, f/2.8 aperture, Sensor shift support, and 5-6x optical zoom.

Kuo also pointed out that the cost of components depends on yield rates in mass production. Based on estimates using the cost of existing periscope lenses as a reference, the total production value of various components for the rear cameras of the iPhone 15 series in the second half of this year, including CIS, VCM, lenses, and CCM, is expected to grow by 5-10%, 20-25%, 65-70%, and 20-25%, respectively.

Benefiting from more iPhone 16 Pro models adopting periscope lenses and other rear camera upgrades, the total production value of various components for the rear cameras of the new iPhone 16 series next year, including CIS, VCM, lenses, and CCM, is expected to grow by 15-20%, 15-20%, 40-45%, and 15-20%, respectively.

Kuo also explained that among all the components, the lens specifications and business models are changing the most, and the growth in production value is most significant. A complete periscope lens module includes high-priced 1G2P lenses, two high-priced prisms, and lens barrels. High-priced materials are the key drivers of production value. Apple’s lens suppliers will provide more complex assembly services for the first time, as Largan Precision and Yujingguang have expanded their production capacities in Taichung and Xiamen, respectively, to meet this order. (Image credit: Apple.com)

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