Apple's suppliers

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Apple's suppliers

i was just wondering if anyone could help me out by shedding some light on the topic of apple's suppliers. who exactly are they? i know ibm supplies apple with computer chips, and panasonic supplies dvd-r and cd-rw players. any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Apple is very closed

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Apple is very closed with all things - so keep dreaming about it.

What suppliers are used, you find out, when a new product arrives.

For the first time Apple has told it will change suppier, one year in advance: IBM to Intel. This is otherwise closed information.

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Apple Parts vendors

One mustn't forget LG Electronics, who made their smash debut with the video electronics of the slot loading iMac. Ummmm, maybe that isn't something to be proud of. As for hard drives, they pretty much use everything out there, though the Hitachi drives appear to have the lowest failure rate of anything I see. (in portables at least). Fujitsu has the highest failure rate.

Also, don't forget that, while IBM has supplied the 603,604, G3, and G5 chips, the G4 chips have been primarily been made by Freescale Semiconductor (nee' Motorola). Of course, the lcd vendors vary. Samsung is my personal favorite as far as durability is concerned.

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parts

this is such a nebulous question... Molex supplies some parts for some connectors, as does JAE, and numerous others. Resistors could come from Ohmite, or any of a dozen manufacturers. Each little part in any given product could come from a dozen different suppliers.

The best way to tackle this question is to pick a machine, then identify the part and then look for a cross reference number or compatible part by checking out the distributors, like Digi-Key - they deal directly with most of the maunfacturers anyways and are the wholeseller to the end user (you, me, and Apple).

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IBM?

I was under the impression Motorola (now Freescale) supplied the 603, 604 and at least the first round of G3s and G4s.

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Re: Apple Parts vendors

iantm wrote:
One mustn't forget LG Electronics, who made their smash debut with the video electronics of the slot loading iMac. Ummmm, maybe that isn't something to be proud of.

LG Chem also had a problem making iBook and PowerBook batteries...

http://www.macminute.com/2005/05/25/battery-recall-taiwan/

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thank you so, so very much.

thank you so, so very much.

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i apologize. this is my first

i apologize. this is my first time in this forum and yeah, i'm pretty damn desperate for answers.

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IBM's PowerPC Contributions

The 601 used in the first gen Power Macs was a straight IBM chip, the 603,604, and G3 variants were a mix between Motorola/Freescale and IBM. IBM's G3 chips were primarily used in the iBooks, and IIRC, the G3 chip in the Blue & White. During my time as an intern at IBM in summer 2000, I worked with a variety of 604e based servers (IBM RS/6000 43p, F50, etc.). I also worked with the Netfinity servers. IBM did the bulk of the development of the PowerPC early on.

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LG Electronics is Lucky Golds

LG Electronics is Lucky Goldstar, right? Goldstar made some of the tubes used in the first compacts, and some CRT monitors from back in the day. They also make things like A/C units. I haven't researched, but LG seems to be a large fairly aged company to have "smashed" out with the slot-loaders.

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