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Apple grabbing control of non-crucial parts for new MacBooks to reduce costs

June 4, 2018

Suppliers previously had free reign to acquire the parts needed to producing components, such as screws and other minor items, destined for use in Apple products, according to sources of DigiTimes. Apple reportedly had not interfered with the procurements process of its suppliers in the past, but the sources claim key component suppliers are now being restricted by a new Apple policy.

It is claimed some Taiwan-based supply chain partners working on MacBook components were summoned to Apple’s headquarters for a meeting in late May, with the new procurement policy advised at that time.

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