Asian IT news resource DigiTimes noted that HannStar Display Corp. has secured a bid to build 15 inch LCD displays for Apple. HannStar joins LG.Philips as the second vendor used by Apple to make LCD displays for the iMac.
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HannStar expects to commence delivery of the new iMacs beginning in May; the company will begin with an initial monthly volume of 10,000 units, and said that volume could rise to 30,000 per month thereafter. The company said that it could ship 200,000 iMac-bound orders this year.
Flat panel display shortages have been cited in the past as one of the reasons Apple has not been able to ship the new iMacs with the volume that some distributors, resellers and customers would feel comfortable with. At last week’s Macworld Expo Tokyo, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that order fulfillment troubles would soon be behind the company, with Apple shipping 5,000 new iMacs per day.
The rising cost of producing LCD displays (and memory) has also been cited by Apple as a factor in the company’s decision to raise the prices of flat panel display iMacs $100 per unit across the model line, also made last week at Macworld Expo Tokyo.