Apple has reportedly offered Hon Hai a 15 percent increase in MacBook and iMac assembly orders to offset weakness in demand for iPads, analysts said.
Market researcher International Data Corp. says that
Apple has been gradually shifting its MacBook and iMac orders from Quanta Computer Inc to Hon Hai Precision Industry.
"Quanta is still the primary notebook computer ODM [original design manufacturing] partner to Apple, but the order shifting is happening slowly on a quarterly basis," said Data Corp Taiwan branch research director Helen Chiang.
Chiang’s comments came after the Chinese-language Commercial Times reported yesterday that Quanta’s order allocation for MacBook and iMac models could drop from 75 percent this year to as low as 60 percent next year.
Apple reportedly agreed to increase Hon Hai’s share in MacBook and iMac assembly from 25 percent this year to 40 percent next year in an attempt to compensate the company for reductions on iPad orders due to a market decline, the report said, citing industry sources.