Sources: Taiwan makers receive Apple’s Mac mini and iPod shuffle orders

David Tzeng, Taipei; Steve Shen,*[Friday 14 January 2005]

Foxconn Electronics (the registered trade name of Hon Hai Precision Industry) is the contract manufacturer for Apple’s newly launched Mac mini computers, while Asustek Computer is making the iPod shuffle for the vendor, according to sources close to the deals. The Chinese-language Commercial Times reported yesterday that Asustek had secured the orders for both the items.

However, sources at both at Foxconn and Asustek declined to comment on the orders, citing client confidentiality.

Foxconn is expected to ship at least 100,000 Mac mini computers per month to Apple, the sources noted. The unit will be available January 22, sources at Apple said at the annual MacWorld conference held in San Francisco this week.

Shipments of the iPod shuffle from Asustek, which currently also produces iBook notebooks for Apple, are expected to reach 400,000 to 500,000 units a month, due to the aggressive pricing for the new products and brand recognition for Apple’s iPod music players, the sources said. Sales of the iPod reached 4.5 million units in the fourth quarter of 2004, according to data released by Apple.

In addition, Asustek will also start shipping iBook G5 notebooks to Apple in the second quarter of this year. Shipments of the current iBook notebooks totaled about 110,000-120,000 units a month in the fourth quarter last year, the sources noted.

Taiwan contract manufacturers for Apple


Contract maker

Estimated shipment volumes for 2005

Delivery date

iPod shuffle



Available now

iPod/iPod Photo/iPod Mini

Inventec Appliances

Combined shipments of the three items totaled over 10 million units in 2004 and are expected to increase substantially in 2005.

iBook/iBook G5


1.3-1.5 million/year (combined shipments of the two series)

iBook G5 to start shipping in 2Q 2005

PowerBook G5

Quanta Computer


2Q 2005

Mac mini


Available Jan 22
Source: compiled by DigiTimes, January 2005.

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I think this is a misunderstanding g5 vs g4 but maybe hope though I just got a powerbook in november. Check the news thread. sorry about the gap in the link it was how the link posted out.