Microsoft said to halt Surface Mini production Aaron Lee, Taipei; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES [Monday 30 June 2014] Microsoft reportedly has called off a plan to mass produce its small-size Surface Mini tablet because of fierce compeition in the small-size tablet segment, as well as negative responses from its brand vendor clients, according to sources from the … More

Notebook shipments up 6.4% on month in May 2014, says WitsView Press release; Alex Wolfgram, DIGITIMES [Monday 30 June 2014] Notebook shipments reached approximately 14 million units in May 2014, up 6.4% on month and up 9% on year. Distributors’ strong stock up demands for new models including low-priced US$249 Microsoft notebooks acted as a major … More

Notebook ODMs turning to horizontal partnerships Aaron Lee, Taipei; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES [Monday 30 June 2014] Notebook ODMs, turning their focus away from vertical integration, have started establishing partnerships horizontally with players from other industries, according to industry sources. In the past, Wintel set the rules and ODMs, following the standards, focused their efforts on improving … More

Taiwan handset ODMs losing orders from regional brands to China rivals Daniel Shen, Taipei; Steve Shen, DIGITIMES [Thursday 26 June 2014] Taiwan-based handset ODMs are losing orders from regional brands in Southeast Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Europe to China-based rivals due to price competition and concerns of shipment volumes and inventory risks, according … More

Apple to mass produce 12-inch MacBook Air in 3Q14 Aaron Lee, Taipei; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES [Monday 23 June 2014] Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook Air will enter mass production in the third quarter, filling the gap between the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Airs as well as enhancing Apple’s leadership in the small-to-medium-size ultra-thin notebook market, according to … More

Apple rejects Catcher iPhone 6 chassis; places extra orders with Jabil and Foxconn, says paper EDN, June 24; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES [Tuesday 24 June 2014] Catcher Technology’s 4.7-inch iPhone 6 chassis has reportedly been rejected by Apple due to defects in the connecting areas between the plastic and metal parts, forcing Apple to place short-term orders … More

Emerging markets see rising notebook demand Aaron Lee, Taipei; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES [Thursday 12 June 2014] Notebook demand in emerging markets has started recovering recently as international funds return to emerging markets after seeing a weak return on investment in the US and Europe, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Notebook orders from emerging … More