The expected popularity of the iPhone could create challenges for some of the device’s parts suppliers. According to analysts, Asian handset-component makers may see shortages of key components if the iPhone takes off quickly. “While niche firms from chip maker Toshiba in Japan to Germany’s Balda, a touch-panel supplier, stand to gain from the phone’s debut, analysts say parts makers need to be prepared to quickly ramp up output or risk shortages if the product is a quick success,” reports Reuters. “Companies at the greatest risk are makers of the NAND-style flash memory that will power the phones, as well as makers of product-specific components like the special touch panels that will set the iPhone apart from other more traditional cell phones.” Apple the iPhone in the U.S. in June, with a target of 10 million units in 2008.
iPhone demand will challenge suppliers
By LC Angell
LC Angell was a senior editor at iLounge. Angell is known for her work on various aspects of the Apple ecosystem, including iPhone, iPad, and iPod. In his role at iLounge, Angell was responsible for a wide range of editorial content, including reviews, buyer's guides, news, and features.