updated 09:40 am EDT, Fri August 26, 2011
New CEO long familiar with manufacturing business
Sources with Apple's major suppliers -- including Quanta and Foxconn -- are not worried that Steve Jobs' resignation will affect orders, according to Digitimes. The sources remark that Apple's new CEO, former COO Tim Cook, was already responsible for handling the company's manufacturing dealings. The only real worry is the loss of brand recognition, and the potential impact on innovation unless Apple can find someone like its former icon, the sources say.
The people speculate that it might give other companies a chance to catch up, and if so could remake the industry. Outfits like HTC and Samsung could challenge Apple's position. Both companies are, however, the targets of current lawsuits by Apple, ones which could affect their ability to produce phones and tablets at the same level as they do now.