Not everyone is happy to take cash from Apple, with a new report claiming Cupertino was turned away in its efforts to invest in a Taiwanese chip maker who also rebuffed an investment from rival Qualcomm.
After taking on the tablet market last fall with its Kindle Fire, e-tailer Amazon now appears ready to try its hand at the lucrative smartphone market as well -- and a new report reveals it may already be working with component suppliers.
On Monday, Apple announced that the Fair Labor Association will begin conducting voluntary inspections of the company’s suppliers in China, specifically noting Foxconn as one of them. The news comes as a surprise to Apple supplier Pegatron, however, who claims they haven’t been informed of any such inspections.
New reports in today indicate the companies contracted to build the parts that will make up the next iPhone are firing up their production lines. Industry sources claim that Taiwanese suppliers are ready to begin volume shipments of the iPhone 5 soon, with Foxconn already cranking out 150,000 units a day.
Sources claim that Largan Precision (lens maker), TPK Holding (touch panel maker), G-Tech Optoelectronics (reinforced glass supplier), and Simplo and Dynapack (battery vendors) are "all operating at full swing capacity."
There may not be a new iPhone this month, but that doesn’t mean Apple is sitting on their thumbs basking in the warm glow of summer. A new report claims that the company is slowing orders for iPhone 4 components, which can mean only one thing: New models ahoy!
Hopefully by now you’ve gotten over the fact there won’t be an iPhone 5 released in July, and you’ve made your peace with it -- but that doesn’t mean that you’ll be waiting until next year, at least according to three sources talking to Reuters.
While Apple hasn’t released figures of their own on the MacBook Air’s first quarter of availability, an analyst who has kept close watch on the new, diminutive notebook claims that the company has already shipped 1.1 million during the fourth quarter of 2010, another successful product launch for Cupertino.