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Apple boosting number of iPad 3 component suppliers

Engaging extra supply chain resources for next-generation tablet, report claims

Apple is thought to be engaging more companies as iPad 3 component suppliers in the face of increased competition for resources in the tablet market.

 

Digitimes reports that Novatek Microelectronics, Richtek Technology, Capella Microsystems and Integrated Memory Logic have entered the supply chain for iPad 3, according to industry insiders.

The sources claim that by engaging these suppliers Apple is adjusting its cost structure. Rumours that Apple is planning a Retina display in its next-generation iPad suggest that the manufacturing cost of the iPad 3 could be significantly higher than the current models, so by engaging new suppliers Apple may be trying to find a way of avoiding passing these increased costs on to end customers.

The planned release date of the iPad 3 is the subject of much debate at the moment, with some predicting that it could make an appearance before the end of 2011. Other more conservative guesses, though, put the iPad 3 down for a 2012 launch.

Meanwhile, Digitimes has also reported that Apple has engaged a new supplier of flash memory modules for the new range of MacBook Airs.


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