Second Source Now Claims to be Supplying Apple with Next-Gen MIM MacBook Hinges
In April Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's Future MacBooks Likely to Introduce Next-Gen Hinge." A supply chain report stated that Apple's next generation MacBooks would once again be thinner due to an all new metal injection molding (MIM) process. A company by the name of Amphenol, who created the dynamic fulcrum hinge for Microsoft's Surface, was allegedly getting the first orders. Now a new supply chain report published today states that notebook hinge maker Jarllytec may actually be Apple's supplier (though it's possible that Apple has two suppliers.)
According to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report, "Notebook hinge maker Jarllytec saw its revenues surge 29.09% on month and 107.22% on year to a record high of NT$580 million (US$17.96 million) in May."
The report further noted that "the company's sales performance for May was higher than expectations thanks to shipments of MIM (metal injection molding) hinges for 13-inch MacBooks" and that "Jarllytec is expected to begin shipping MIM hinges for 15-inch MacBook models in the third quarter of 2016."
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