“Long known as a master of the supply chain for overseas components, Apple has reportedly out-muscled the competition for yet another crucial element of its products: unibody metal notebook chassis,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider.
“Intel and its partner PC makers have been “aggressively searching” for new materials to build chassis for the chipmaker’s thin-and-light ‘Ultrabook’` design,” Marsal reports. “According to DigiTimes, companies have been forced to seek alternatives because Apple already controls most of the ‘significantly limited’ capacity.”
Marsal reports, “The most popular choice for Ultrabook designs is said to be magnesium-aluminum chassis, ideal for creating a notebook less than 0.8-inch thick. But a unibody magnesium-aluminum chassis requires expensive ‘CNC lathes,’ of which capacity is constrained… [due to supplying] unibody shells for notebooks to Apple.”
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