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Apple signs new iPhone maker, iPad component partners named

Lots of insider slips behind the Apple curtain this morning, with news of an additional iPhone manufacturing contract, more iPad component makers named and rumours Apple’s moving to favour USB 3.0.

Pegatron Technology has reportedly landed a contract to undertake OEM production of the next-generation iPhone scheduled for launch later in the year, joining Foxconn Electronics which manufactures current iPhones for Apple, according to industry sources.

Taiwan-based Radiant Opto-Electronics will ship a total of 300,000 LED backlight units (BLUs) for the Apple iPad in January, according to a Chinese-language report on Economic Daily News (EDN), adding 10 percent to its revenues that month.

Passive component makers are also expected to see strong first-quarter revenues driven by increased demand from Apple|: Yageo, Cyntec and Mag.Layers Scientific-Technics are all set to benefit from inclusion of their components within the iPad.

Meanwhile, Apple might be about to climb aboard the USB 3.0 train – or maybe it isn

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