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Topic: supply chain

Apple resorts to video calls with factory workers to prevent 'iPhone 12' delays

04/01/2020, 07:04 pm

Apple's U.S.-based engineering team is reportedly "scrambling" to prevent delays of the company's rumored 5G iPhones, which are expected to debut this fall.


'iPhone 12' testing delayed by Apple staff travel bans

03/09/2020, 07:03 am

The production schedule for the 'iPhone 12' collection is allegedly being affected by COVID-19 in one more way, with Apple's self-imposed travel restrictions preventing its own engineers from performing tests on components for the 5G-equipped models.


Apple product launches face months of delays over supply chain backlog

03/08/2020, 01:03 pm

Multiple supply chain analysts suggest future iPhones may see release dates slip by as much as two months due to coronavirus concerns.


Retail iPhone 11 inventory dries up in NYC as coronavirus hits supply

03/07/2020, 11:03 am

New York City retailers report Apple iPhone 11 inventory dropping to zero due to the coronavirus constraining the supply chain.


Apple continues to struggle to establish a supply chain in India

03/05/2020, 11:03 am

In the midst of ongoing attempts to diversify its supply chain, a new report outlines some of the trouble Apple is running into, while establishing a manufacturing foothold in India.


Logic board shipments for 'iPhone SE 2' deferred to second quarter

03/05/2020, 06:03 am

Apple has deferred shipments of printed circuit boards from a supplier into the second quarter, a report claims, a delay caused by the coronavirus outbreak that could cause further problems for the launch of the long-rumored 'iPhone SE 2.'


iPhone RF chip maker cuts quarterly guidance due to COVID-19

03/04/2020, 01:03 pm

Another supplier of iPhone radio-frequency chips, Skyworks Solutions, has cut its revenue guidance due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.


Apple's 'iPhone SE 2' entering final production stages

03/04/2020, 11:03 am

Apple's expected low-cost iPhone is said to be entering the final production stages, with the LCD screen for the model apparently undergoing verification ahead of its potentially imminent launch.


Apple restricts travel to South Korea, Italy due to coronavirus

03/03/2020, 05:03 pm

Apple is placing restrictions on employee travel to Italy and South Korea after cases of COVID-19 jumped in those countries.


Major Apple supplier Qorvo warns of coronavirus revenue miss

03/03/2020, 11:03 am

Apple supplier Qorvo has lowered its revenue guidance for its March quarter, citing the coronavirus's impact on the supply chain and customer demand.


Apple diversifying 'iPhone 12' lens suppliers over coronavirus fears

03/02/2020, 09:03 am

While the coronavirus impact on Apple varies a great deal across the iPhone supply chain, Ming-Chi Kuo says that the company is proactively maneuvering to diversify camera lens suppliers for the "iPhone 12."


LG iPhone camera module factory closed after first coronavirus case

03/01/2020, 08:03 am

The LG Innotek factory that supplies iPhone camera modules has closed in Gumi, South Korea after the first case of coronavirus was discovered in the workforce, delivering yet another blow to the Apple supply chain.


Why Apple's supply chain is prepared for China's coronavirus

02/10/2020, 10:02 am

The outbreak of the coronavirus, now infecting tens of thousands of people, has stoked fears that Apple would be dramatically affected both from lost sales in its China and interruptions to its component supply chain. However, while Apple has its work cut out for it it also has a uniquely proficient operations team to manage crisis events, one that has been challenged before.


Editorial: Nikkei reported good news from iPhone channel checks, but they're still not reliable

10/21/2019, 07:10 am

For at least the last six years, Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei has reported unreliable stories about iPhone production orders. This month, its channel check "news" sounded positive -- but that doesn't mean that bits of data shaken from some branch of the supply chain is suddenly now reliable or can be correctly interpreted by outsiders.


Editorial: Why does Apple have a monopoly on responsive corporate values?

08/08/2019, 07:08 am

Apple pioneered the concept of making its products accessible to users with disabilities back in the 1980s. It has made environmentally sound manufacturing and supplier responsibility a key aspect of its global operations. It has taken a public stand for inclusion and diversity and has made privacy and security primary features of its products. Why haven't other tech giants offered more than a meek "me too" in these areas?


Apple exceeds its clean energy goal for suppliers by 25 percent

04/11/2019, 04:04 am

Some 21 further suppliers, including iPhone assemblers Wistron and Pegatron, have committed to using 100 percent renewable energy in their Apple production lines, bringing the total to 44. Apple had aimed to use 4 gigawatts of renewable energy in its operations by 2020 and now says it will reach 5 gigawatts.


Dialog Semiconductor expects growth after $600M Apple chip deal concludes

03/06/2019, 07:03 am

Dialog Semiconductor is anticipating a drop in revenues for 2019, in part due to the completion of a $600 million deal with Apple, but at the same time the rest of the chip design firm's business is expected to show growth, a claim that investors seem to be happy about.


Why the end of unit sales reporting of Macs, iPhone, and iPad isn't bad news for Apple

11/27/2018, 08:11 am

Apple raised eyebrows when it announced it would no longer be detailing quarterly unit sales for iPhone, iPad, and Macs starting in the December quarter. Various pundits have sought to portray this as Apple having "something to hide," and have added it to their listicles of "bad news" that various writers keep insisting is "piling up" for Apple. They're wrong, here's why.


Poor news curation at Bloomberg, CNBC, Reuters creating misleading iPhone supply chain panic

11/19/2018, 08:11 am

Several prominent news sources are again blowing a cloud of speculative rumor-mongering that claims Apple's iPhone sales are -- perhaps! -- in desperate straits. Revised revenue reports from just five firms--out of Apple's 200 primary suppliers--are at the core of these reports, so take a look at how flimsy these conclusions are.


Apple supplier LG Display in danger after back-to-back bad quarters

07/25/2018, 09:07 am

The longtime Apple supplier has to scale back expansion after yet another bad quarter, even though it may be on tap for OLED screens for the iPhone.