Apple is experiencing a painful period: after experiencing a severe drop in sales ofiPhone, the apple brand has obviously turned to cheaper suppliers to create its components. Today, out of 200 suppliers (98% of supplies), 41 of them are Chinese, three times more than in 2012. And 37 of them are American, a drop of 32% since 2012.
This is the site Nikkei Asian Review which reveals this information. Apple therefore has an interest in brushing the grain of the Middle Empire, which is both a sizeable market and a country of very important suppliers. It is therefore not surprising that the Cupertino company applied a price drop there on its iPhone, to boost sales at half mast.
In number of Apple suppliers, China is still behind Taiwan, which has 46. But China is already ahead of Japan, which has 38 suppliers. BOE Technology, which builds screens for Apple, is one of its Chinese suppliers who keep putting pressure on the Californian company’s usual suppliers, namely LG Display and Japan Display. In any case, the diplomatic crisis affecting China and the United States has clearly not impacted the production sector.