Originally Posted by Robin Huber
I know that many say this is business as usual, but I can't help but think that Apple would be wise to start lining up alternate suppliers. Even better would be to use some of its cash to start a dedicated component manufacturer. Doesn't have to have Apple's name on it, just fund and own it. They could even contract out to supply others to make it self-supporting. Put it in Taiwan where the U.S. has more leverage.
Originally Posted by Bilbo63
One of Apple's greatest strengths is in creating superior products out of cheap generic parts (ie Samsung, BSD Unix, CUPS, Webkit, etc.) combined with their own innovative and proprietary hardware (PA Semi, Optimized ARM, etc.) and software (Next, Aqua, Quartz, etc.) That's how they maintain such big margins. Owning a component foundry would slow them down. They never could have ramped up iPod, iPhone, iPads, etc. fast enough. Never could have swiched instantly to Intel or ARM chips, etc.
The fact is, Apple acts like, moves like, shifts gears like, innovates like, and IS a startup company. Not a lumbering slow giant, like Samsung.