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Apple May Cause Touch Panel Shortages for Android Tablets and Others This Year

Discussion in 'Android News' started by dgstorm, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. dgstorm
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    Apple has an 'internal' goal of shipping 40 Million iPads this year, which many in the industry think is an unrealistic number even from the market leader. To do that they have flopped around a sizeable chunk of their massive money reserves to the tune of $3.9 - $7.8 Billion Dollars. This has secured a full 60% of the global touch-screen capacity which will intern create a shortage for their competition this year. What looks like simple 'needs-based' spending is more likely a strategic business move by Apple. This indirect control of supply will make it tough for the likes of Motorola, LG, Toshiba and others to hit the demand they expect for the slew of Android tablets set to arrive this year.

    Lest you think this is just coincidence, here's a quote from DigiTimes that expresses Apple's past behavior,
    Furthermore, to add more fuel to the fire, they did the same thing with NAND chips in 2009 to attempt to slow their competition's capacity to compete with them. The side-benefit of this 'strategy' isn't just less parts for their competition to use in their products, but also it will drive the pricing of these parts up as well, making it more expensive for other companies to compete with Apple.

    You basically see this same thing in Texas Hold 'Em Poker. The person with the most chips at the table can afford to lose more so they bet more in order to scare others away from the hand. What do you guys think of this? Cheesy or 'just the way to win'?

    Source: Engadget via DigiTimes
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    Probably the reason why the Xoom is so expensive. Good strategy for Apple, bad for anyone that wants an Android tab

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    The Xoom isn't even that expensive when you compare it to the 32 GB 3G + Wifi iPad.

    And the wif-fi only Xoom is same price...

    But anyway... this is bad news for all the new Android tablets everyone is making to try to compete (though the only one I will be checking out is the Xoom).
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    They're trying to slow down the inevitable. It upsets me that this is such a good business strategy! In order to offset the impact, couldn't other companies get in the business of manufacturing touchscreens?
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    They could, but the product would be sub-par. I'll give it to 'em, it's a great strategy, but is it legal? Sounds like they're trying to monopolize the touchscreen industry. I'd like to see how the competition handles this. It doesn't look good for us Android lovers tho :(

    Apple = :icon_evil:
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    As with so many companies and things in general.
    Instead of making a superior product and proving it to be such with great sales
    Buy up the parts so no one else can something that might beat the pants off ya.

    way to go apple. yet another reason why I have never had love for you.
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    I think this move shows just how worried Apple is about competition. They saw what happened to their market share once android hit the mainstream on the smartphone side of things, and they are trying to slow down the inevitable from happening on the tablet side.

    Its much easier to hold onto the largest share of things when you control 60% of a critical component that your opposition needs to use as well.
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    As long as I get my XOOM next week, I'll be fine :p
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    no i can afford to eat lmao if you couldn't tell i was a speaking with a lot of sarcasm. and hell ya i know its a good move for them and yes i know i am being ripped off by verizon but hey cant a man ***** lol
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    Where have you been? Living paycheck to paycheck IS the American dream!

    In all honesty, sometimes I feel like the $30 a month for data is a waste, even if I can easily afford it. But then I hear stories about families with $400 Verizon bills!!! Footing a $100 a month cell bill for your kid. Mind boggling.
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    Word brother WORD!!!.....i was a verizon rep for 2 years lol and i seen some thousand dollar text bills LMAO.....:icon_ banana:dancedroid
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    Or how about the "old days" when people with horrible credit checks had to plunk down $500 deposit for a service contract and phone? Those people need help.
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    Apple has turned into what it has always claimed to hate: Microsoft.
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    wow I have read some extremely disrespectful posts in this thread. I just don't why anyone feels they have the right to call out people for "having bad credit" or being financially strapped. You guys should think about the crap your saying before you post it. You sound extremely ignorant.
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    well thankfully those posts are now being cleaned up!
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    lets watch the language and lighten up on the Apple Bashing. I don't like being called an idiot. You android people fee so insecure over the mention of apple that you go absolutely rude with your comments. Apple is ot Microsoft, believe me.

    Post contining obscene language were removed. Bash if you must but keep it clean. And don't call me an idiot.
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    Its like buying up most of the high octane gas before the race so the other guys might not get the best gas for their cars. Doesnt this make them look like they dont have a lot of faith in their own product?
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    Business is business!
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    This has the potential to backfire down the road on Apple. Free market supply and demand is in play here. When supply is down (with actions such as this), price goes up. However, the market will respond by increasing capacity (building new factories), and price will go back down if the need isn't there for the product quantity that is being produced. However, if supply greatly exceeds demand, there is a gult in the market and prices plummet.

    To be sure, Apple is paying dearly for this 60%, and will pay for these displays whether they use them or not. Apple could buy these and lock them away in a warehouse somewhere for years, perhaps, if they don't use them all in 2011-12. That would create a glut in their inventory (accountants hate expensive inventory on the books year after year) which could have some impact, albeit minor most likely, on Apple's overall financial health.

    In the long run, even if Apple is committed for the next 10 years to buying up a majority of available supply from all sources, this will inevitably lower prices for this technology for everyone since the markets will still respond to this action as they always have. Apple cannot change that.

    I think Steve's absence from the helm is beginning to show here.
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    I'd never call you an idiot because well I am an idiot! :)

    But I disagree with your Apple is not Microsoft defense. Baseless lawsuits, unfair business practices (like the one listed here), and unfair labor practices in the factories they contract with to build their stuff. In fact, I'll even say they are worse than Microsoft especially because of the last one.

    Apple fanboys will defend Apple against all attacks, I understand that. But the fact remains that Apple has become the corporate giant that many jumped on their bandwagon to get away from.
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