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Topic: supply chain

Apple grabbing control of non-crucial parts for new MacBooks to reduce costs

06/04/2018, 08:06 am

In an effort to drive down overall production costs of its next-generation MacBooks, Apple has reportedly seized control over the procurement of many of the notebook's non-key parts -- such as screws, metallic parts and plastics pieces -- typically sourced by suppliers for the production of more major components.

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Apple's efforts to widen OLED screen supply for 2018 iPhones stymied by LG delays

04/20/2018, 09:04 am

Apple's plans to work with LG as a second supplier for iPhone screens appear to have suffered a blow due to manufacturing delays, according to a new report.

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Apple again said to cut HomePod orders on poor sales performance

04/12/2018, 10:04 am

A report out of China citing supply chain sources claims that Apple is already reducing its sales forecast for the HomePod, and is cutting orders for the next few months.

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Apple's MacBook sales growth may outpace both iPhone and iPad this year

03/16/2018, 10:03 am

Apple may be looking at a huge year for MacBooks, with growth having a chance to exceed that of every other Apple product line, including the iPhone and iPad.

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Wistron refutes claims of factory work stop over bogus part use in iPhone production

03/15/2018, 08:03 am

The iPhone parts supplier is disputing a report that claims that Apple has suspended production at Wistron's plant in Kushan, China because of the use of an unauthorized water seal in the assembly process.

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Apple Supplier Responsibility Report reveals uptick in violations, announces new women's health program

03/07/2018, 09:03 pm

Apple released its annual Supplier Responsibility Report on Wednesday, revealing a small uptick in number of labor, human rights and environmental violations, while at the same time touting progress in those same areas and announcing a new women's health initiative.

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WSJ jumps on iPhone X production cut story, adds new fictions

01/30/2018, 10:01 am

One day after Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei issued its annual iPhone component panic story, the Wall Street Journal published its own hand-wringing coverage of the state of iPhone X, just two days before Apple is set to deliver financial results for the holiday quarter. Beyond simply floating the same rumored cuts, the new report tacks on an additional false claim that has already been publicly rebutted by Apple's executives.

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Another January, another misleading iPhone supply cuts story from Nikkei

01/29/2018, 11:01 am

Everyone in the industry should know that "channel checks" of Apple suppliers offer largely worthless data. But every January, Japan's Nikkei newspaper unloads a report suggesting that Apple is scrambling to slash production of its newest iPhone because of disappointing sales. Every year that report has been false, and every year the tech media falls for it.

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Supply chain in uncharted territory with three iPhone flagships, bracing for reduced component orders

01/17/2018, 09:01 am

Component producers in Apple's supply chain for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X are expecting orders for the parts to reduce in the first quarter of 2018, but it appears that they are using previous sales metrics based on two flagship model phones, rather than three for the predictions.

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Apple's 2017 Supplier Responsibility Report reveals 2.4M workers taught rights, carbon emissions cut

03/27/2017, 12:03 pm

The welfare of workers employed by Apple's partners is continuing to improve, according to the iPhone producer's latest annual Supplier Responsibility Report, with the firms audited also found to be following its lead in becoming more environmentally friendly with their production processes.

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ASE taps into Apple supply chain with iPhone 7 fingerprint sensor, Apple Watch S2 chip orders

09/20/2016, 10:09 am

Apple's fall of 2016 product lineup has proven to be a major boon for supplier Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, as the Taiwan-based company is reportedly providing key silicon for both the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2.

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Samsung accused of poisoning over 200 workers, then withholding information on toxins it exposed them to

08/10/2016, 09:08 pm

One of Apple's largest component suppliers, Samsung Electronics, is the subject of a new investigative report regarding its withholding of critical information about the toxic chemicals its employees were exposed to while working in the company's factories.

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Apple Supplier Responsibility 2016 Progress Report reveals 97% work-hour compliance, carbon emissions reductions

03/30/2016, 02:03 pm

Apple's annual Supplier Responsibility Report reveals key facts about progress made with the company's partners in 2015, including an industry leading 97 percent work-hour compliance rate, and a massive reduction in carbon emissions.

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Apple beefing up Asian operations for more frequent launches in 'wider' product range

03/03/2014, 10:03 am

Apple has reportedly added hundreds of engineering and supply chain management personnel in mainland China and Taiwan in recent months -- many poached from rival handset maker HTC -- as the company gears up to expand its product line and shrink manufacturing lead times.

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