Chip Orders Slow as Apple Rivals Wait to See iPhone 8

Chip Orders Slow as Apple Rivals Wait to See iPhone 8

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Chip suppliers are reporting slowed demand from non-Apple companies as rivals wait to see what new technologies the iPhone 8 will bring, reports DigiTimes.

Fabless firms such as MediaTek and HiSilicon are slowing their pace of orders and have warned of disappointing shipments in the third quarter.

Chip orders from the non-Apple camp should have picked up starting April and grown through August, but orders seem to have been pushed back in 2017 as companies adopt a wait-and-see approach before the launch of Apple's upcoming iPhones which they believe will come with revolutionary features, the sources indicated.

TSMC says non-Apple customers have been expressing more interest in its 12nm node manufacturing; rather than the 10nm process being used for the chip in the upcoming iPhone. Apple's orders are expected to sustain demand for the 10nm chips through the first quarter of 2018.

Demand for 28nm chips used in non-smartphone applications remains strong.

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Chip Orders Slow as Apple Rivals Wait to See iPhone 8
Rain Man - July 24, 2017 at 4:22pm
Not good news. Apple is still struggling making a good looking phone.
Raas Al Ghul - July 25, 2017 at 3:15am
You can’t say anything till we actually see something officially from Apple.
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