Apple suppliers expect minimal impact from Jobs's departure

By on August 26, 2011 at 11:30 PM.

Apple suppliers expect minimal impact from Jobs's departure

Foxconn and Quanta Computer, two companies that manufacture Apple products such as the iPhone and iPad, have suggested that there will be “minimal” impact on supply orders following news that Steve Jobs will no longer serve as Apple’s CEO. Reportedly, Tim Cook, who has replaced Jobs as CEO, was already working closely with the manufacturing process while Steve Jobs was out on leave. DigiTimes said that the move could affect Apple’s global brand recognition and the company’s innovation and creativity, although it will certainly take some time to see just how true those claims are. On Thursday, a number of analysts speculated that Jobs’s departure could benefit Apple’s iPhone and iPad competitors. More →

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MacBook Air in short supply as refresh nears

By on May 31, 2011 at 11:00 AM.

MacBook Air in short supply as refresh nears

Global supplies of Apple’s MacBook Air laptops are dwindling as the consumer electronics giant prepares to refresh the line, 9to5 Mac reports. The Apple enthusiast blog cites multiple sources in stating that shipments of the Air are currently constrained, and the site also points out that remaining MacBook Air inventory is now on sale at several retailers. Apple’s online store is currently offering refurbished models at an all-time low price of $829, and Best buy has brand new models on sale starting at $938.99 for the 11-inch version. Earlier rumors suggest Apple plans to issue an incremental update to its MacBook Air line later this summer, likely featuring Intel’s new Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt I/O ports. More →

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Apple’s goal of producing 45 million iPads is ‘out of reach,’ analyst says

By on May 17, 2011 at 12:00 PM.

Apple’s goal of producing 45 million iPads is ‘out of reach,’ analyst says

According to Business Insider, a report from FBR analyst Craig Berger claims that Apple’s goal of producing 40-45 million iPads is “out of reach.” Apple’s current second-quarter production target is 6.2 million iPad units, but that may not be possible due to production issues with Hon Hai, Berger said. As a result, actual iPad production could drop to 5.2 million units during the third quarter. Similarly, Berger argues that Apple may face production issues from the March earthquake in Japan, particularly in relation to touchscreen displays. Berger’s report is on a par with a recent DigiTimes article that suggested Apple would have a hard time manufacturing enough iPhone 4 and iPad 2 units to meet demand due to material and labor shortages at Foxconn. More →

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Low supplies suggest imminent iMac refresh

By on April 20, 2011 at 2:22 AM.

Low supplies suggest imminent iMac refresh

According to 9to5 Mac, supplies for all four of Apple’s current iMac models are low in multiple countries — including in the United States and in an unnamed Asian country. The low supply counts suggest that Apple is poised to announce a refresh of its iMac line of computers in the very near future — which it last did on July 27, 2010 when it updated the family with Intel’s new Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors. Apple’s suppliers are reportedly low on hard drives and graphics processors, specifically, although Apple is not the only computer manufacturer to sell devices equipped with ATI Radeon HD 4670 or Radeon HD 5670 graphics cards. Apple may introduce a new family of iMacs later this month or in early May. Rumor has it that the new family of all-in-one desktops will pack Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors and the new Thunderbolt I/O port, which made its debut during the Macbook Pro refresh. More →

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Apple reportedly names next-gen iPad camera supplier

By on November 30, 2010 at 9:00 PM.

Apple reportedly names next-gen iPad camera supplier

Rumors that Apple’s next-generation iPad will include at least one camera gain purchase Tuesday morning as a new report suggests Apple has named its camera lens supplier for its upcoming tablet. Citing market rumors instigated by a public filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange, DigiTimes reports that Largan Precision has been awarded a contract that will make it the sole supplier of lens modules for the second-generation iPad. Largan also supplies 5-megapixel cameras for Apple’s iPhone 4. The inclusion of a front-facing camera for FaceTime video chat is almost a given at this point, and the iPad will also reportedly include a rear-facing camera — possibly the same 5-megapixel optics currently found in the iPhone 4. Following the trail of unsubstantiated reports out of Taiwan, Largan joins Ibiden, Tripod Technology and TTM Technologies as PCD suppliers for Apple’s upcoming iPad sequel. The second-generation iPad is expected to begin shipping in the first quarter of 2011. More →

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