Apple has ordered 2.5 million MacBooks powered by its own chips by early 2021, indicating the company is projecting strong demand for the first Macs powered by its own chips.
iPhone 12 Pro orders on the online Apple store have slipped to late November and into early December because Apple is facing severe component shortages across multiple product lines.
Apple's augmented reality (AR) glasses are expected to arrive in 2021, and now Sony has been mentioned as a probably supplier of sophisticated OLED panels for the rumored accessory.
The coronavirus has impacted Apple's supply chain in ways more than one, the latest example being the company's oft-rumored iPhone SE successor that, instead of arriving this spring, now apparently faces a delayed launch, a new supply chain report claimed Thursday.
LG Innotek's manufacturing plant in Gumi, South Korea that supplies iPhone camera modules has been temporarily shuttered over the global coronavirus outbreak.
According to a supply chain report published Tuesday in the Chinese-language Economic Daily News, relayed by DigiTimes, contract manufacturer Foxconn has continued to deepen its deployments in micro-LED technology "through a multi-pronged approach in order to win display orders from Apple for its next-generation iPhone devices."
Apple today announced 44 of its suppliers have committed to using 100 percent renewable energy in their production of its gadgets as the Cupertino giant spent $2.5 billion in green bonds on environmental initiatives, the largest amount of any US corporation.
Coinciding with today's report in The New York Times detailing why Apple won’t be bringing manufacturing jobs back home, the Cupertino technology giant has now issued a press release focused on US suppliers Finisar, Corning and Broadcom which are building parts for its products at domestic manufacturing plants.
The gist of the report: the iPhone maker in 2018 alone spent a whopping $90 billion with 9,000 America component suppliers and companies such as Finisar, Corning and Broadcom.
The figure translates into an increase of more than ten percent from the year before, supporting more than 450,000 jobs, according to the press release.
Finisar, which supplies laser components for the TrueDepth camera, was awarded $390 million from Apple’s $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund last year to expand production. The supplier used that money to turn an unoccupied building in Sherman, Texas into a "bustling operation" full of people who will supply that future business.Finisar's technician handles a VCSEL wafer during production.
The facility will eventually employ up to 500 engineers who will be mass-producing vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) for modern iPhones.
VCSEL wafers are nearly as thin as a human hair and contain hundreds of layers measuring only a few atoms in thickness. They require a highly advanced and precise manufacturing operation, as well as skilled technicians with specialized training.
Corning's 65-year-old facility in Harrodsburg, Kentucky produces iPhone cover glass. It received a $200 million investment from Apple for state-of-the-art glass processing.Army veteran Michael Turner, 40, Michael Turner gets ready to enter the production floor at the Sherman plant.
Apple works with many other US suppliers, like Cincinnati Test Systems and Broadcom.
Cincinnati Test Systems in Ohio designed a first-of-its-kind equipment to ensure iPhone is water resistant. And Broadcom in Fort Collins, Colorado, Qorvo in Hillsboro, Oregon and Skyworks in Woburn, Massachusetts, are all making wireless communication hardware that enables global connectivity.
Since 2011, the total number of jobs created and supported by Apple in the US has more than tripled, from almost 600,000 to 2 million across all 50 states.
For the second time in two months, Apple is cutting iPhone production, according to a new report from Nikkei. Citing sources with knowledge of the request, the outlet says Apple has asked its suppliers to produce 10% fewer handsets than originally planned for the January-March quarter.
Key Apple suppliers—TSMC, the sole supplier of Apple-designed mobile chips, and Foxconn, which assembles iPhones—today reported strong November revenue, but that didn't stop Bloomberg from pushing its narrative that the latest lineup is “falling flat with global consumers” as “iPhone concerns persist”.
LG Display is likely to deliver between 2 million and 4 million OLED panels to Apple for future iPhones. The move would end Samsung's monopoly here and could help to accelerate broader adoption of OLED screens, according to Jerry Kang from IHS Markit.
Commercial production has begun on TSMC’s 7nm chip. This is the same chip likely to be found in Apple’s upcoming A12 processor for all three 2018 iPhone models.