“Apple’s suppliers, including contract chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and packager Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) which have entered the vendor’s supply chain, are all expected to report particularly strong results for the first quarter of 2013, market observers believe,” Ingrid Lee and Jessie Shen report for DigiTimes.

“Apple is expected to introduce its next-generation iPad and iPhone series around the middle of 2013, which will boost demand for ICs in particular communications related chips during the latter half of the first quarter, according to the observers,” Lee and Shen report. “Component orders placed by Apple, which climbed to high levels prior to the iPhone 5 rollout, will rise again between March and April, the observers indicated.”

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