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MacBook Pro 2012 imminent as supply chain wears thin

MacBook Pro 2012 imminent as supply chain wears thin

Chinese manufacturing plants such as Foxconn have been reported to be having so much business this season from Apple that they must outsource themselves to keep up with demand for the MacBook Pro 2012 update. This version of the MacBook will be made with a brand new set of components when compared to the current model, with Apple tipped to be thinning the entire unit out and getting rid of its optical drive altogether. This update has been tipped this week as wearing Eastern China manufacturing plants specifically down to their last available labor, creating demand that must be met by upstream suppliers.

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Apple television in pilot production tip Chinese sources

Apple television in pilot production tip Chinese sources

After Foxconn's "yes we are; no we're not" turnaround on the Apple television earlier this month, fresh rumors from China now claim once again that pilot production has begun at the long-time Cupertino partner. "Informed sources" spilled the test production details to the China Business News, or so the Chinese-language site claims, though exactly when that might mature to full production is unclear.

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Foxconn, Sharp building new iPhone display plant

Foxconn, Sharp building new iPhone display plant

Foxconn is partnering with Sharp to build a new plant in Chengdu, China for producing iPhone displays. The long-time Apple manufacturing partner recently bought a 10 percent stake in Sharp worth $808 million and already owns a 46.48 percent stake in Sharp's liquid crystal manufacturing plant in Sakai, Japan, said to be the most advanced facility in the country.

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iPhone 5 supply purchases tipped for 2012

iPhone 5 supply purchases tipped for 2012

This week we're seeing no lack of iPhone 5 rumors, with this latest tidbit being a selection of supply reports from China pointing toward shakeups in the global supply economy as a result of Apple's next big titan. This next-level smartphone is set to have components that are not necessarily working with the same companies Apple has been working with before, with the most recent supply shock being Apple's leaked purchase of flash memory products with Elpida, a competitor with the then $10 million USD poorer Samsung, for over half of their total parts in-house.

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Foxconn dropping $210m on new Apple production line

Foxconn dropping $210m on new Apple production line

The alliance between Apple and Foxconn seems to be going swimmingly. It wasn’t too long ago that we heard the two companies would split the costs to improve working conditions, and a new report from China Daily shows that Foxconn will invest $210 million into a new Apple production line. The new plant will be located in Huai’an city, occupy around 40,000 square meters, and eventually hire 35,800 workers.

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Foxconn denies CEO confirming Apple iTV

Foxconn denies CEO confirming Apple iTV

Foxconn is denying reports that its CEO Terry Gou confirmed any plans for the much rumored Apple television set. The China Daily reported last week that during a speech at the start of building Foxconn's new headquarters, Gou revealed that the company had already begun preparations for Apple's iTV.

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Foxconn reportedly making preparations for Apple iTV

Foxconn reportedly making preparations for Apple iTV

Apple television rumors continue to swirl, and now the head of Foxconn has seemingly confirmed that the television is being put into production soon. Terry Gou, chief of Foxconn, gave a speech at the start of the building of the new Foxconn headquarters, spilling the beans by saying that the company was preparing to manufacture the TV.

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Apple and Foxconn pool cash for factory refresh

Apple and Foxconn pool cash for factory refresh

Apple has taken some heat over conditions at Foxconn factories located in mainland China, although the company has been quick to address such issues. The latest development sees Apple and Foxconn sharing the costs to try and improve working conditions at the factories. Foxconn declined to say how much the companies were spending, or how the companies would split the investment.

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Foxconn fanless PCs breaks cover

Foxconn fanless PCs breaks cover

Foxconn is set to get into the fanless PC realm with two new offerings running either an Intel Atom or an AMD processor. The Intel computer is called the AT-5300, and the AMD version is called AT-5600. Both machines are the small and compact type designed easily fit into tight spaces or entertainment centers in the living room.

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iPad Mini orders received in China

iPad Mini orders received in China

It would appear that sources have confirmed orders coming in from Apple to one Taiwan-based manufacturer for the next generation in iOS device known as the iPad Mini. This of course is not the first we've heard of such a product, and though it's been common knowledge for some time now that Steve Jobs himself said there'd never be an Apple tablet smaller than the classic iPad, but Netease has reported that both Foxconn and Pegatron have received orders to begin construction on a new breed of iPad fitting somewhere in-between the iPhone and the current iPad in any iteration. Could Apple be moving to the next generation where lower prices on the original iPad will no longer cut it?

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