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Apple awards iPhone headphones contract to Hon Hai, Cheng Uei

Zach Epstein
November 26th, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Apple has shifted a major manufacturing contract from Japan-based FOSTER to two Taiwanese companies, Taiwan Economic Times reported earlier this week. Taiwan-based manufacturers Hon Hai and Cheng Uei have been tasked with building the OEM headphones that ship with Apple’s iPhone — a contract likely worth over $300 million. FOSTER loses the business after a stretch as the exclusive manufacturer of Apple’s iPhone headphones, and the job will now be split between two Taiwanese companies. Cheng Uei will build the cords, speakers and control switches while Hon Hai will insert the wires and assemble the earbuds. Cheng Uei also manufacturers the chargers that ship with Apple’s iPad, and is in the process of expanding its facilities to increase output.


Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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