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[DT]Apple secures 60% of global touch panel capacity, causing tight supply

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In order to achieve its internal goal of shipping 40 million iPad products in 2011, Apple has occupied close to 60% of the global touch panel capacity causing tight supply among Apple's competitors, according to sources from upstream component makers.

Sources from tablet PC makers also pointed out that the component shortage is causing their shipment volumes to be unable to catch up with their orders, especially for second-tier players. Touch panels are currently suffering the most serious shortage due to Apple holding control over the capacity of major touch panel makers such as Wintek and TPK, and with US-based RIM, Motorola and Hewlett-Packard (HP) also competing for related components, second-tier players are already out of the game, the sources noted.

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post #2 of 33
thats what I call good business planning on Apple's part
    
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post #3 of 33
Hence your avatar, lol.
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So Apple hogs more than half of the touch panels and NAND?

Great business plan for them since they probably get a decent price break for buying so much and at the same time stifle their competitors, but this is going to be horrible for us non Apple consumers.
    
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They lost me as soon as they said US-based RIM. Damn them.
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Originally Posted by Twitchie View Post
They lost me as soon as they said US-based RIM. Damn them.
You read further, they lost me at "source," without telling us what this source is.
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Shouldn't this be against some anti-monopoly law or something?
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Originally Posted by weidass;12486585 
Shouldn't this be against some anti-monopoly law or something?

No, you probably need 61% of the world's touch panel's for that to be the case...
    
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post #9 of 33
Hmmm... reminds me a bit of the Hunt brothers silver extravaganza.
post #10 of 33
Apple be using a big stick

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