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March 11, 2009

Apple Orders Touchscreens For Third Quarter

A source said on Wednesday, that Apple will take third quarter delivery of newly developed 10-inch touchscreens from Taiwan, amongst talk that the computer company is developing a touchscreen PC.

The company that Apple ordered them from, Wintek, already makes the screen for the iPhone, but according to the source, Wintek has received orders for larger screens from Apple.  The source asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

He added that he did not know what the final product would be, or who would make it.

James Chen, Wintek spokesman, confirmed Apple was a major client of his company, but did not comment on any new product development.

Taiwan media reported this week that Apple is currently developing a touchscreen PC, during a time when lines begin to blur between sophisticated smartphones and traditional PCs.

Some reports indicate that Taiwan's Quanta Computer, the world's top contract laptop PC maker, would manufacture the actual PCs for Apple.

Jill Tan, Apple's Hong Kong spokeswoman, said the company did not comment on market speculation, while a Quanta spokeswoman also declined to comment.

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