iPhone 5 rumor of the Day: Apple orders 15 million iPhone 5s

by Brad Spirrison

Apple and iPhone enthusiasts hoping to get their post Fourth of July summer off with a bang are in the luck.

According to a report from Digitimes Systems, Apple has ordered more than 15 million iPhones from Taiwan-based notebook manufacturer Pegatron Technology. Shipping is slated to begin in September.

Pegatron, according to the report, apparently had extra capacity to produce new devices as orders for Verizon’s CDMA iPhone 4 were lighter than expected.

“Due to its cooperation with Apple for iPhone 4, Pegatron, in 2010, significantly expanded its plants, human power and equipment aiming satisfy the orders for 10 million CDMA iPhone 4s; however, since the Apple's CDMA iPhone 4 sales were lower than expected in the first quarter of 2011, Pegatron shipped less than four million CDMA iPhone 4s, causing the company's utilization rate to drop to only 50% with its gross margin also drop to 1.8% in the quarter.”

The release of an iPhone 5 in September is in line with analyst and blogosphere expectations. Once it was established and confirmed that Apple wouldn’t be unveiling a new phone during its Worldwide Developer’s Conference last month, the focus turned to September for the next device.

Apple traditionally holds a music-oriented event the first week of the month. However, because iCloud was released at the WWDC, there seems to be extra capacity for an iPhone-oriented announcement coming soon.

Stay tuned!