Fix Your Memory Module
 
Home
News
Products
Shop
Memory
Corporate
Contact
 

News
Industry News
Publications
CST News
Help/Support
Member Area
Tester Brochure
Demo Library
Software
Tester FAQs

biology medicine news product technology definition

Thursday, January 18, 2018
Memory Industry News
Email ArticlePrinter Format PreviousNext

Apple leases equipment to its subcontractors


Monday, July 17, 2017

Apple recently bought production equipment for rigid flexible printed circuit boards (RFPCBs) and is now leasing it to suppliers, hoping to secure a stable flow of parts for this fall's "iPhone 8," according to a report.

The equipment is worth "tens of millions of dollars," The Korea Herald said on Friday. It quoted an ET News source as saying one of three RFPCB suppliers —a Taiwanese company —decided to back out of the chain, forcing Apple to assist the two South Korean firms still onboard. Herald sources suggested that the Taiwanese company may have been upset by complicated production, tough quality requirements, and low profits.

Apple is said to be using RFPCBs for the new iPhone's touchscreen panel, but the technology is also reportedly harder to manufacture than regular flexible or rigid circuit boards.

Indeed Apple is allegedly searching for a replacement supplier in Korea. In the meantime the remaining partners, Interflex and Youngpoong Electronics, could split a large chunk of the 100 million RFPCB units Apple is expected to order this year.

The "iPhone 8" should sport an edge-to-edge 5.8-inch OLED screen, with a portion of that being dedicated to a virtual button replacing a physical one. It may also feature technologies like a rear-facing laser.

The product could ship later than usual though, and possibly with some features —like 3D facial recognition and wireless charging —offline until a software update. That could only happen though if rumors about the product abandoning Touch ID are false.

By: DocMemory
Copyright © 2017 CST, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Email ArticlePrinter Format PreviousNext
Latest Industry News
Storage - The more the merrier1/17/2018
Increase in EDA sales shows growth in semiconductor technology1/17/2018
UMC sue Micron in China for infringement1/17/2018
Gartner predicts semi market to increase 7.5%1/17/2018
Semiconductor companies continue to emerge1/16/2018
TSMC sales dropped in 1st quarter1/16/2018
HBM2 goes into mass production at Samsung1/16/2018
Memory prices to decline gradually in 20181/16/2018
Samsung and Western Digital rocked by clouded memory market1/15/2018
Foxconn posted 50% revenue growth on height of iPhone X production1/15/2018

CST Inc. Memory Tester DDR Tester
Copyright © 1994 - 2018 CST, Inc. All Rights Reserved