Component sales soar as iPhone 8 enters mass-production

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The 2017 iPhones are all getting big internal upgrades.
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Component suppliers enjoyed stronger sales throughout July as Apple ramps up production of its next-generation iPhones.

Supply chain sources say all three models that will be unveiled in September have now entered mass-production, but shortages are still expected for iPhone 8.

Apple Watch Series 3 will bring big boost for one supplier

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Apple Watch Series 3 needs to be special.
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One Apple supplier is expected to enjoy a significant boost from Apple Watch Series 3.

Quanta Computer is likely to see strong revenues during the second half of 2017 ahead of an Apple Watch refresh this fall — despite the addition of Compal Electronics, another manufacturer, being added to the supply chain.

Apple unexpectedly loses printed circuit board iPhone 8 supplier

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Apple has reportedly suffered a number of iPhone 8 production problems.
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Apple has reportedly invested tens of millions of dollars in equipment for producing rigid-flexible printed circuit boards (RFPCBs) for its upcoming iPhone, claims a new report.

Although Apple typically contracts third parties to produce its products, rather than building them itself, it was allegedly pushed into making the investment after one of Apple’s RFPCB suppliers backed out at the last minute.

Apple in talks with another OLED maker for future iPhones

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Apple is pushing to adopt OLED displays from the iPhone 8 on.
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Apple could add another supplier to its list of OLED display manufacturers for future iPhones, a new report claims.

The company in question is China’s BOE Technology Group, whose screens Apple is said to have been testing “for months.” BOE is currently spending $14.5 billion building two AMOLED factories in the southwestern province of Sichuan, China in anticipation of possible orders.

Apple slaps suppliers with a $50 million fine for leaking secrets

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Photo: Michelangelo Carrieri/Flickr

Apple’s bankrupt sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies might have stayed quiet about its reasons for the bankruptcy, but a few details are nonetheless starting to emerge.

Two of the most intriguing tidbits concerning the case regard the cost of sapphire production for GT Advanced Technologies, and the financial penalties Apple imposes on any supplier who leaks information about future products.

WSJ: Apple Partners With New Suppliers For iPhone 5c & iPad Mini

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Apple is expected to introduce another 4-inch iPhone, but it probably won't be cheap.
Apple is expected to introduce another 4-inch iPhone, but it probably won't be cheap.
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Apple is reportedly teaming up with new suppliers to boost production of the iPhone 5c and the iPad mini to meet strong consumer demand, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Wistron Corp., a manufacturer based in Taiwan that already produces smartphones for BlackBerry and Nokia, will be tasked with assembling the iPhone 5c; while Compal Communications, which currently works with Acer, Dell, Lenovo, and others, will manufacturer the iPad mini.

Apple Fires Samsung As MacBook, iPad Battery Maker

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Samsung is no longer supplying Apple's iPad batteries.
Samsung is no longer supplying Apple's iPad batteries.

Apple has reportedly further distanced itself from rival Samsung by switching its suppliers for iPad and MacBook batteries. The Cupertino company has been seemingly working to avoid Samsung’s components since the companies became embroiled in various legal battles all over the world.