Hon Hai Precision Industry Co has been asked by Apple to begin shipping both a new high-end iPhone and a low-end iPhone in September.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is going after the medium end of the smartphone market currently dominated by devices running Google’s Android operating system and manufactured by players like Samsung, LG and Sony.
Apple suppliers in Asia have been manufacturing parts for both a standard next-generation iPhone with metal casing and a lower-cost plastic version.
Apple is expected to unveil the next generation of iPhones at a major media event on 10 September.
Meanwhile, a lower-cost iPhone 5C range will potentially come in a range of coloured casings.