“Microsoft reportedly planned to adopt unibody magnesium-aluminum chassis for its Surface tablet PCs originally, but affected by chassis makers’ limited capacity, the company has instead turned to adopt a magnesium chassis and use MegVapor technology for surface treatment to allow the device to feature a similar exterior to traditional metal chassis; however, due to the method having a rather low yield rate, is has greatly affected Microsoft in trying to mass produce its new tablet PCs, according to sources from the upstream supply chain,” Aaron Lee and Joseph Tsai report for DigiTimes. “…The drawback of the design is that the device will be heavier.”
Lee and Tsai report, “The sources pointed out that before Microsoft launched Surface, the company has inquired at several metal chassis makers about their available capacity and revealed to these makers that its orders for Surface tablet PCs will go as high as five million units before the end of 2012; however, the chassis makers were forced to give up because of lack of capacity.”
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MacDailyNews Take: So, if true, rather unsurprisingly, Microsoft’s vaunted faux-Liquidmetal chassis seems to have already gone poof! VaporMg was very aptly-named. A first for a Microsoft product; much better than “Start” to shutdown.
Watch how the the media reports this situation. The good journalists will correctly identify “VaporMg” for what it really is: a surface treatment. Pig lipstick. The shiteous outlets will continue to regurgitate Microsoft’s original press release and onstage “VaporMg” pronouncements – just as Microsoft intended all along.
What else will evaporate from the Surface before Microsoft’s store shelving dust-protectors actually ship, if they ever do?
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