How long can Apple keep its margins so high? So long as factories want to get on the iPhone hype train and think they can get good money from Cupertino contracts. But when Apple struggles, everyone else struggles harder.
So it goes that some in Taiwanese industry is telling Digitimes that Apple’s traditional sources are in a heated bidding war with other components sources. Specifically, camera supplier Largan is facing off with Kantatsu of Japan while Taiwan’s own Wistron has been added on to the assembly roster alongside Pegatron and Foxconn.
With Apple crunching down its bill of materials, Japanese manufacturers are set to get hit the most. Taiwanese factories are coping by taking orders from other clients and promising better yields per batch.
Everyone’s scrambling to serve the overlord, some to their detriment.