Apple component suppliers, including Intel, reap benefits of success

in General Discussion edited January 2014
Strong Mac, iPhone and iPad sales have resulted in success not only for Apple, but for the companies that supply the components that make up the in-demand technology.

This week, Intel posted its strongest quarterly results in the company's 42-year history, with revenue up 34 percent and profit of nearly $3 billion. The company's profit margins are also at an all-time high.

Intel exclusively provides the processors found in Apple's entire range of Macs, both desktops and laptops. And the high-end MacBook Pro line also includes Intel's integrated HD Graphics, which are automatically enabled through smart graphics processing switching technology in order to conserve battery life.

The NPD Group recently found that year-over-year Mac sales were up 35 percent in May in the U.S. Apple will report is June quarter results next Tuesday after the market closes, and Wall Street expects the company to report sales of about 3.1 million.

Intel's success even came with its low-end Atom chip, which at one point was rumored to power Apple's then-in-development iPad. Instead, Apple opted to create its own ARM-based processor to power its mobile devices, including the iPad and iPhone.

Atom revenue increased 16 percent for the quarter, despite the fact that Apple has found great success with its custom A4 processor in its own mobile devices. Atom chips are mostly found in low-end netbooks, which are viewed as a competitor to Apple's iPad.

In addition to Intel, numerous Asian component makers have seen strong sales due to strong consumer demand for the iPad and iPhone 4. According to The Wall Street Journal, those suppliers continue to struggle to meet orders.

NAND flash memory suppliers Samsung and Toshiba are now boosting production in order to meet demand. But analysts believe it could be some time before the companies can ramp up production, and NAND flash prices are expected to rise in the near future.

"For Apple and other smartphone and PC makers, rising chip prices means they will have to look at ways to cut other component costs," the Journal wrote. "But that won?t be easy because display prices are also rising due to strong demand. If the component shortages are prolonged into the crucial back-to-school and holiday shopping season, Apple and others could be forced to transfer the burden to consumers by raising prices of their smartphones and PCs."


  • Reply 1 of 6
    nicolbolasnicolbolas Posts: 254member
    looks like Apple is gonna have to raise ipad price by $100 cause price of flash module went up $10 -_-
  • Reply 2 of 6
    pg4gpg4g Posts: 383member
    In other news... Governments reap the benefits of commerce due to taxes...

    Is it just me who thought this article was a little... obvious? :P
  • Reply 3 of 6
    drdoppiodrdoppio Posts: 1,132member
    Surprisingly Atom sales continue growing, I wonder if Moorestown will help to maintain the growth...
  • Reply 4 of 6
    mobilitymobility Posts: 135member
    Originally Posted by nicolbolas View Post

    looks like Apple is gonna have to raise ipad price by $100 cause price of flash module went up $10 -_-

    Where'd you get that? Curious
  • Reply 5 of 6
    brucepbrucep Posts: 2,823member
    Originally Posted by nicolbolas View Post

    looks like Apple is gonna have to raise ipad price by $100 cause price of flash module went up $10 -_-

    apple pre-payed 500,000.000.00 worth of flash chips

    so what are you saying

  • Reply 6 of 6
    dr millmossdr millmoss Posts: 5,403member
    Originally Posted by mobility View Post

    Where'd you get that? Curious

    Straight from the gut, where all generic cynicism comes from.
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