Japanese Earthquake Poses Potential Supply Problems for iPad 2

Friday Mar 18th 2011 by Datamation.com Staff
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The device's electronic compass, battery, memory chips, and possibly the specialized glass in the display all come from Japan.

NetworkWorld: Researchers at iSuppli say that the iPad 2's electronic compass, battery, memory chips, and possibly the specialized glass in the display all come from Japan. The recent earthquake and tsunami have knocked production offline at many of the plants that manufacture these parts and could result in a supply shortage for the Apple product.

"While some of these suppliers reported that their facilities were undamaged, delivery of components from all of these companies is likely to be impacted at least to some degree by logistical issues now plaguing most Japanese industries in the quake zone," said iSuppli. "The various challenges are being compounded by interruptions in the electricity supply, which can have a major impact on delicate processes, such as semiconductor lithography."

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