Foxconn’s Chairman, Terry Gou, has waded into the ongoing iPhone 5 conversation by claiming that the yet unannounced, and entirely rumor-filled handset will put the competition to the sword. Specifically, Gou believes that Samsung’s Galaxy S III will feel the heat when put up against Apple’s iPhone 5.
Gou’s Foxconn is set to be the company to produce Apple’s iPhone 5 having been behind the previous generation devices since 2007. Foxconn also produces Apple’s iPad, which means that its Chairman is likely to know what he is talking about. If he says the iPhone 5 is real, then it probably is. We already knew that, but this is the nearest thing we’ve had to confirmation yet.
What is interesting though is that Gou has singled out the Galaxy S III as the handset that the iPhone 5 will apparently put to shame. Apple’s long running spat with Samsung over various legal issues is well publicized, but Foxconn itself is also no fan of the Galaxy smartphone and tablet maker.
Back in 2010, Samsung was the snitch that informed an EU court of price fixing amongst four Taiwanese companies. Samsung was exempt from investigations due its its status as a ‘tainted witness.’ It seems Foxconn’s head man is still holding a grudge over the ordeal and is using Apple’s unannounced smartphone as a big stick with which to beat Samsung.
Samsung’s Galaxy S III is the latest hero phone to come out of the company which brought the first two Galaxy S handsets to market and saw huge sales follow. The S III is already proving to be equally as popular, despite the iPhone 5 being just a few months away assuming Apple sticks with its October release schedule from the previous two iPhones.
Apple has yet to say anything about an upcoming iPhone, but with iOS 6 now in the hands of beta testers and developers, the new iPhone is set to be the next major announcement to come out of Cupertino. With Android and now Windows Phone 8 making steps to put pressure on iOS and the iPhone, Apple will want to push the envelope once more. A larger screen and super fast processor are expected, but as is the case every year, rumors are just that – rumors.