One of Apple’s iPhone 8 assemblers has confirmed the device will be fully waterproof and have wireless charging, but the addition of such features may delay production because it needs to be properly tested.
“Assembly process for the previous generations of [iPhones] have not changed much, though new features like waterproof and wireless charging now require some different testing, and waterproof function will alter the assembly process a bit,” Taiwanese company Wistron’s chief executive Robert Hwang told Nikkei Asia.
Apple uses three main companies to assemble the iPhone: Hon Hai Precision Industry (aka Foxconn), Pegatron and Wistron, although the latter is the smallest of the three. Hwang told Nikkei Asia he thinks Wistron will be responsible for producing more iPhones this year than it previously has and the production of the iPhone could mean it’s profitable for the first time ever in India – one of its major markets.
The cost of iPhone production is likely to increase, but Wistron is using more automation in its production line to make sure it can still be profitable, Hwang said.