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Apple, Suppliers Ramping Up iPad 2 Production

Apple, Suppliers Ramping Up iPad 2 Production

With iPad 2 supplies still extremely tight around the world, and demand still strong, AppleInsider brings us some excellent news: Apple has decided to take some hits to the profit margin in the name of production, and suppliers are kicking production into high gear.

AppleInsider reports that Samsung is hiring 300 new engineers for a semiconductor plant in Austin, Texas, and AU Optronics has an order to make flat panel screens (although this has not yet been confirmed). With earlier stories about other suppliers being taken on to make Apple’s A5 processor and touch sensors, it does seem as if Apple is indeed ramping up production. Analyst Charlie Wolf with Needham & Company predicts Apple will make 30 million iPads this year and 40 million in 2012.

Samsung alone will make something like US$7.8 billion worth of components for Apple next year, and others are looking for a share of Apple’s business. With a new iPhone model expected later this year, this doesn’t look like a process that’s going to slow down any time soon.

AppleInsider via TUAW


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