Stop us if you've heard this before, but a quote is being attributed to Terry Gou, CEO of Apple manufacturing partner Hon Hai (parent company of Foxconn), this time claiming he said that consumers should hold out for the iPhone 5, as it will apparently put the Samsung Galaxy S III to shame.
It was supposedly part of a conference call, and it's claimed Gou didn't stop there -- he also reportedly said that he expects that the joint venture with Sharp will put them ahead of Samsung shipments in three to five years. Of the partnership, Gou said "I respect the Japanese and especially like their execution and communication styles. Unlike the Koreans, they will not hit you from behind." He also called out Samsung as "a company with a track record of snitching on its competitors," referring to Samsung's role in a 2010 price fixing investigation. Yowza.
It's important to remember though, that reports have surfaced of Gou saying Apple-related comments before, only to have them later denied or walked back by PR. So take this for what it's worth.
Of course Foxconn provides parts for more than just Apple, but that's certainly the lion's share of their business. Currently, Apple hardware still uses a few Samsung parts, but of Hon Hai is this dedicated to squashing out their Korean competitor, then maybe they'll be offer Apple an acceptable alternative in the near future.
From what you guys have seen of the Samsung Galaxy S III and what little we've seen of the iPhone 5, are you going to take Gou's word for it that the next iOS smartphone will blow the competition away, or will it be yet another small iterative upgrade?