“But while the popularity of the iPhone makes Apple hard to turn down – 153 million handsets were sold in 2013, up 13 percent on the year – doing business with the California company can be a mixed blessing, sources close to suppliers say,” Knight reports. “Apple squeezes its parts suppliers hard on price, resulting in narrow margins, the sources say, while a high reliance on its product cycle can cause large swings in quarterly profits.”
“Japan Display said in May that it expected to log an operating loss for the April-June quarter, but foresees a rebound in shipments to Europe and the United States in the following three months to September,” Knight reports. “That is when Apple is widely expected to launch its next-generation iPhone 6, although Japan Display did not name which customers would boost shipments.”
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