Japanese Manufacturers Ramp Up Production as iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C Launches Loom

Screen manufacturer Japan Display and inductor coil provider TDK have fully ramped up production levels in order to meet the parts demand for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5S and lower-cost iPhone 5C, according to a report from Japanese newspaper Nikkei [Google Translate] (via CNET).

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Japan Display Inc. (JDI), a merger of the small and medium-size display businesses of Sony, Hitachi, and Toshiba, is in "full production" Nikkei said in a report Thursday.

TDK, which supplies Apple with inductor coils, among other components, boosted production this summer to meet demand for the new iPhones, expected to be announced at a September 10 event.

Additionally, an IHS analyst cited in the report states that prices of flash memory could be driven higher if Apple’s refreshed iPhone line sells well, with Toshiba being the primary supplier of flash memory to the company. Suppliers in Japan are also concerned about a sharp decline in profit and sales if production slows down due to slowing iPhone sales. Last month, a report stated that production of the iPhone 5S is expected to be limited to 3-4 million units in Q3 2013 due to fingerprint sensor shortages.

Apple's iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S are both expected to be revealed at a media event on September 10, with the two new devices expected to be released in the first wave of markets on September 20.

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Top Rated Comments

HangmanSwingset Avatar
140 months ago
So the champagne version is only getting the dual LEDs ?

Honestly still a gimmick

Touch sensor will be very useful.

Can't wait for all the threads showing people bypass it though

The one with a single flash is an iPhone 5. They're just being held up to show the differences between models.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Carlanga Avatar
140 months ago
They better make the 32GB the low size memory this time, if I have to pay an extra $100 for an extra 16GB again X2, this will mean it's 6 years w/ same size of flash memory while apps have increased more than 3X their size.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macs4nw Avatar
140 months ago
…..Additionally, an IHS analyst cited in the report states that prices of flash memory could be driven higher if Apple's refreshed iPhone line sells well, with Toshiba being the primary supplier of flash memory to the company…..

Article Link: Japanese Manufacturers Ramp Up Production as iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C Launches Loom (https://www.macrumors.com/2013/09/05/japanese-manufacturers-ramp-up-production-as-iphone-5s-iphone-5c-launches-loom/)

I know it's "Supply & Demand 101", but I don't like the sound of that; it'll affect more than just phones. :eek:
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ValSalva Avatar
140 months ago
They'd better be ramping up production given the new iPhone coming :rolleyes:

I think there don't have to be any more stories about the supply chain for the iPhone ramping up. It's five days from the Apple event. It's obvious now.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LostSoul80 Avatar
140 months ago
And the back isn't?

No, it is not. There is a space indicating the presence of a dual flash module, and two potential colour options.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
blue22 Avatar
140 months ago
Say what Willis?!

Forgive my ignorance but *why* would the prices of the flash memory go up, wouldn't it actually instead go down over time? :confused:
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