According to a new report today, Apple has stepped up its pace of chip orders indicating that Apple is gearing up to launch new products. IC orders placed by Apple for the third quarter have nearly doubled over the prior quarter, according to sources at its supply chain partners.
Thanks to the upcoming rollouts of new iPhone and iPad devices, overall chip shipments to Apple are set to grow significantly in the second half of 2013, said the sources. Overall IC shipments for iOS devices in the second half of 2013 are expected to account for as high as 70% of the total for the year. The industry source also predicted that iPhones will ramp up to 40 million units in the third quarter alone.
Apple HDTV Rumors Surface Again
Rumor 800 is circulating in the market today that Apple is interested in purchasing 55- and 65-inch Ultra HD TV panels from LG Display. However, the rumors state that DigiTimes states that Apple is still testing the technology and has yet to finalize its orders with LG. Sony is also reportedly in talks with LG over the panels, as well as with Taiwan-based AU Optronics (AUO), which is expected to produce high-end Ultra HD TV panels by 2014.The rumors added that Apple may also consider Sharp as a potential supplier.
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