updated 09:30 am EST, Fri January 14, 2005
Apple uses Taiwan makers
Foxconn Electronics (aka, Hon Hai Precision Industry) is the contract manufacturer for Apple's Mac mini computers, while Asustek Computer is making the iPod shuffle, according to a report in the Digitimes.com. The report says that Foxconn is expected to per month to Apple and that "shipments of the iPod shuffle from Asustek, which currently also produces iBook notebooks for Apple, are expected to reach 400,000 to 500,000 units a month, due to the aggressive pricing for the new products and brand recognition for Apple's iPod music players."
Somewhat unexpectedly, the report also notes that Asustek will also start shipping iBook G5 notebooks to Apple in the second quarter of this year, although the PowerBook line would likely be the first Apple laptop to integrate the G5 processor and Apple hinted that it has not yet been able to resolve the heat/cooling issues in its December quarter conference call.