We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Apple 'owns' tablet supply chain, others can't compete

Apple has exclusive rights to the best technology when building the iPad

Apple is making it impossible for other tablet manufacturers to do business because it has exclusive rights to the latest and greatest technology breakthroughs. As a result, HP wasn't able to compete with Apple in the tablet market, according to a report.

Apple is accused of blocking other manufacturers from sourcing the best parts for their devices. A source "with knowledge of the matter" informed The Next Web that Apple's iPad hardware was better than the HP TouchPad's hardware because: "Apple has put a ton of work into building a supply chain and technological prowess that is second to none. This has made competing with it an incredibly difficult proposition."

For example, HP was unable to get a display for its TouchPad that was as good as Apple's iPad display, claims the report.

Apple has exclusive deals with hardware manufacturers because it has invested in these companies and the manufacturing processes. "It's a very real roadblock to other companies looking to source the most bleeding edge technology. Apple has almost unlimited access to it for months before it becomes available to others... denying them access to the tech that they need in order to make their products competitive."


IDG UK Sites

Where to buy iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the UK: Launch day price, deals and contracts

IDG UK Sites

Is Apple losing confidence in itself?

IDG UK Sites

Professional photo and video techniques for perfect colours

IDG UK Sites

How (and where) to buy an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus in the UK. Plus: What to do if you pre-ordered...