Apple’s dominance of the smartphone and tablet markets could see competitors suffer touchscreen stock shortages later this year it has been revealed.
With Apple reportedly looking to ship 40 million iPads in 2011 as well as launching the iPad 2 and the iPhone 5 it is believed that the Cupertino tech giant has secured control of around 60 per cent of the world’s touchscreen production, leaving its rivals under stocked and struggling to meet demand.
Said to be piling its extensive cash reserves in to key component stocks, Apple is looking to counteract shortages that have seen it unable to meet huge demand for launch products in recent years.
Set to affect second-tier tech players the most, the rise in touchscreen devices from the likes of BlackBerry, HTC, HP, Motorola, Samsung, Dell and LG will see smaller, emerging and lesser known manufacturers fail to meet expectations and demand for their devices.
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