Apple Pivots to Samsung for iPhone Memory Chips Following US Trade Ban Against Chinese Suppliers

Apple will turn to Samsung for memory used in iPhones ahead of the imposition of U.S. export controls on one of China’s top NAND flash chipmakers, reports DigiTimes. Apple originally intended to buy 128-layer 3D NAND flash memory chips from Yangtze Memory Technologies (YMTC) for use in iPhones sold in the Chinese market as early […]

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Mass Production of Apple’s Mixed-Reality Headset Said to Begin in March 2023

Apple is moving forward on development of its mixed-reality headset with Pegatron set to be the exclusive partner for final assembly, according to DigiTimes. Based on the headset’s current status in the manufacturing validation process, the report predicts that mass production is likely to begin in March 2023 with an unveiling possibly being held the […]

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Apple Slashes iPhone 14 Plus Orders With Supply Chain Makers

Apple has moved to cut back iPhone 14 Plus orders with supply chain partners after unexpectedly sluggish sales less than two weeks after the model launched, reports DigiTimes. According to the report, several supply chain makers and channel operators have confirmed that they received notification from Apple to cut ‌iPhone 14‌ Plus production by around […]

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iPhone 14 Plus Sales ‘Lower Than Expected’ Following Launch Last Week

Less than a week after the launch of the iPhone 14 Plus, yet another report of unexpectedly low sales for the ‌iPhone 14‌ and ‌iPhone 14‌ Plus has emerged, suggesting that Apple may actively reduce stock and orders of components for the devices as soon as this month. The paywalled report from DigiTimes claims that […]

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Apple May Adopt Hybrid OLED Technology Allowing for Thinner iPads by 2024

Apple could adopt a “hybrid” OLED technology in iPads by 2024 that could allow for slimmer devices while lowering production costs, according to a new report out today (via DigiTimes). By combining rigid OLED glass substrates with flexible OLED thin-film encapsulation, the hybrid OLED technology is said to make OLED panels thinner than rigid OLED […]

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New 14-Inch and 16-Inch MacBook Pros Reportedly Launching Later This Year

Apple plans to release new MacBook Pro models in the fourth quarter of 2022, according to supply chain publication DigiTimes. The report does not mention specific models, but it very likely refers to the next-generation 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros. There has been uncertainty surrounding the timing of new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models […]

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Apple Suppliers Reportedly Preparing for Launch of New MacBook Pros Ahead of Rumored October Event

Tuesday September 13, 2022 2:16 am PDT by Sami Fathi Apple’s suppliers are reportedly preparing to produce and ship Apple’s next-generation 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, which are expected to feature M2 Pro and ‌M2‌ Max chips. According to DigiTimes, suppliers within Apple’s Mac supply chain are preparing for shipments of upcoming MacBook Pros by […]

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Apple’s First 3nm Chips for MacBook Pro Expected to Enter Production This Year

Another report today claims that TSMC plans to begin volume production of 3nm chips later this year for use in upcoming MacBook models and other products. “Backend firms are upbeat about demand for the upcoming MacBook chips, which will be built using TSMC’s 3nm process technology, with production set to kick off later this year, […]

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10th-Generation iPad With Major Design Changes Reportedly in Production Ahead of September Launch

Apple’s rumored 10th-generation iPad is currently in production and will feature “major” design changes, according to a report from Taiwanese website DigiTimes. The report did not provide any specific details about the 10th-generation iPad’s new design, but rumors suggest the device will feature a larger 10.5-inch display with slightly thinner bezels, a USB-C port, and […]

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iPhone 14 Suppliers Reportedly Feeling Uncertain About Demand Ahead of Launch

Thursday August 11, 2022 6:51 am PDT by Sami Fathi Suppliers for the upcoming iPhone 14 reportedly feel uncertain about how high demand will be for Apple’s upcoming flagship lineup, according to supply chain sources speaking to DigiTimes. A paywalled preview of a full story set to be published tomorrow says “uncertainty remains about demand […]

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Intel, AMD, and Nvidia Reportedly Bracing for Declines as MacBook Popularity Grows

Intel, AMD, and Nvidia are all reportedly bracing for a possible decline in shipments as well as a possible drop in revenue for the remainder of 2022 while the Mac is expected to continue to grow in popularity. Citing industry sources, DigiTimes reports that Intel, AMD, and Nvidia have revised and lowered their own expectations […]

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Apple Chip Supplier TSMC Celebrates Arizona Factory Nearing Completion

Apple chip supplier TSMC recently hosted a topping-out ceremony for its new fabrication plant in Phoenix, Arizona, DigiTimes reports. TSMC’s topping-out ceremony in Arizona The $12 billion factory will be the first of its kind to mass-produce 5nm chips in the United States. All of Apple’s latest chips, dating back to the A14 Bionic and […]

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Apple Reportedly Scaling Up iPhone 14 Orders While Android Brands Struggle

Apple has scaled up its orders for iPhone 14 components, in contrast to faltering Android devices, DigiTimes reports. Ahead of the launch of the ‌iPhone 14‌ lineup in September, Apple has reportedly increased its component orders from suppliers. This comes in stark contrast to a range of Android brands, which continue to face sluggish sales, […]

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iPhone 14 Pro Rumored to Have 6GB of Faster RAM

The iPhone 14 Pro and ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ Max will both feature 6GB of RAM and a newer and faster type of memory, according to a report today from DigiTimes. The report claims that the high-end models of the upcoming iPhone lineup will feature 6GB of LPDDR5 RAM, a faster and more efficient type of […]

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Apple’s Upcoming M2 Pro Chip for High-End MacBook Pro and Mac Mini Will Reportedly Be 3nm

TSMC will manufacture Apple’s upcoming “M2 Pro” and “M3” chips based on its 3nm process, according to Taiwanese industry publication DigiTimes. “Apple reportedly has booked TSMC capacity for its upcoming 3nm M3 and M2 Pro processors,” said DigiTimes, in a report focused on competition between chipmakers like TSMC and Samsung to secure 3nm chip orders. […]

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Previously Out-of-Favor Apple Supplier Wins New MacBook Air Orders

Apple has reportedly added a third contract manufacturer to its MacBook supply chain that will primarily handle assembly orders for the new MacBook Air (via DigiTimes). China-based Wingtech Technology is said to have won the orders for Apple’s just-announced new Mac model. The company joins Quanta Computer and Foxconn in what is now a trio […]

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MacBook Pro Supplier Considering Relocating Factory to Increase Production

Apple supplier Quanta Computer is considering the feasibility of relocating its MacBook Pro production to its factory in Chongqing, China, as output at its Shanghai plant remains constrained by lockdown restrictions, according to industry sources cited by DigiTimes. The move could gradually boost the availability of MacBook Pro models and shorten the extended delivery times […]

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MacBook Pro Assemblers in China Unlikely to Return to Pre-Lockdown Production Levels Before July

Apple’s MacBook Pro assemblers in China are unlikely to return to pre-lockdown production levels until July because of insufficient manpower and logistical problems, based on the latest industry report. Notebook manufacturers in major cities in eastern China have been resuming operations following the recent gradual easing of lockdowns, but those in Shanghai are currently only […]

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MacBook Pro Shipments Still ‘Seriously Delayed’ By China Lockdowns

Apple supplier Quanta’s ability to manufacture MacBook Pro models at its Shanghai site remains seriously hampered despite the easing of lockdowns and resumption of production, reports DigiTimes. According to the Taiwan-based supply chain website, Quanta has so far only been able to restore around 30% production capacity at its Shanghai site since lockdowns ended last […]

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Intel Looking to Mirror M1’s Manufacturing Process for ‘Meteor Lake’ CPUs

Intel is considering manufacturing its 14th Gen Core “Meteor Lake” CPUs at least partly using TSMC’s 5nm process to mirror Apple’s M1 series of chips, DigiTimes reports. Announced last year, Intel’s Meteor Lake chips will be its first multi-chiplet design to integrate an application processor, graphics processing unit, and connection chips into a single Intel […]

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