Apple turning to two new case suppliers for MacBook, MacBook Pro

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Apple continues to diversity its parts suppliers, with recent evidence suggesting that it has tapped a pair of new Chinese manufacturers for aluminum cases.




According to a new report from supply chain monitor Digitimes, Taiwan-based AAC Technologies and Everwin Precision Technologies were granted certification to be Apple suppliers in 2017. More recently, the pair have started production and delivery of MacBook case materials to Apple manufacturers.

The pair will supplement existing suppliers Casetek, Catcher, and long-tie partner Foxconn. It isn't yet known what percentage of which model are supplied by any given vendor.

Apple periodically shakes up suppliers or adds more, in an effort to keep production costs low. The move often grants sufficient leverage to press for lower pricing, or gives Apple the option to shift suppliers entirely without disruption.

While DigiTimes is not a good predictor of Apple's specific product plans, it does report business happenings -- like a company being given a supply contract -- inside the supply chain with a great deal of accuracy.

Apple just refreshed the MacBook Pro with the same case design. It is expected to refresh the MacBook, potentially adding a new, low-cost model to the slate.

Apple uses milled aluminum in nearly every product it makes.

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  • Reply 1 of 5
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 1,872member
    In order to keep expanding MAC echo system, Apple needs to keep expanding it's bottom user base.For that Apple needs to keep prices lower at reasonable for base models in each MAC category with acceptable specs like 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM. Than, charge higher for upgrades for those who need higher performance Macbook,Macbook Pro, Macbook Air, iMAC, etc. Large pool of buyers from highschool,college kids,casual,small business compare Windows vs MAC laptops to make decision..
    edited August 2018
  • Reply 2 of 5
    paxmanpaxman Posts: 4,594member
    wood1208 said:
    In order to keep expanding MAC echo system, Apple needs to keep expanding it's bottom user base.For that Apple needs to keep prices lower at reasonable for base models in each MAC category with acceptable specs like 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM. Than, charge higher for upgrades for those who need higher performance Macbook,Macbook Pro, Macbook Air, iMAC, etc. Large pool of buyers from highschool,college kids,casual,small business compare Windows vs MAC laptops to make decision..
    I recently bought a 13" mbp and I couldn't help myself and splashed out for the leather sleeve cover. I love it but man, that is expensive for two bits of leather stitched together!
  • Reply 3 of 5
    racerhomie3racerhomie3 Posts: 1,014member
    If Apple wants the Mac to become a larger force in the shrinking laptop world , a Retina Air within $900 & a $600 minimum  updated Mac Mini is needed.
    caladanian
  • Reply 4 of 5
    LinerLiner Posts: 1member
    "Taiwan-based AAC Technologies and Everwin Precision Technologies were granted certification to be Apple suppliers in 2017" Aren't they China-based? at least that's what it was reported on Digitimes anyway
  • Reply 5 of 5
    Liner said:
    "Taiwan-based AAC Technologies and Everwin Precision Technologies were granted certification to be Apple suppliers in 2017" Aren't they China-based? at least that's what it was reported on Digitimes anyway
    According to China, Taiwan IS China.
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