The Taiwanese publication adds that Foxconn is expected to begin mass shipments to fulfill the new orders in the second quarter of this year. In 2017, Quanta had a 79.5% share and Foxconn 20.5%.
The sources have however noted that despite the fact that Foxconn will see a major increase in MacBook orders in 2018, Quanta will remain Apple's largest MacBook supplier for the year. The Cupertino giant will be changing things up as it depends more on Foxconn for orders rather than Quanta Computers as was the case previously. Those using abusive language or negative behavior will result in being blacklisted on Disqus.
Note the crucial snippet that there's no plan for any "major upgrade" to the MacBook range in 2018.
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Supply chain sources told DigiTimes that Apple is going to shift a major slice of its MacBook orders from Quanta Computer to Foxconn this year.
With Quanta losing out to Foxconn, the Taiwan-based manufacturer has been trying to acquire orders from other vendors recently during their request for quotation (RFQ) processes.
Naturally enough, Foxconn has more than likely made it very much worth Apple's while in terms of supplying competitive prices for the assembly work, too. Comprising up of Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs, the 13-inch MacBook Pro for 2018 will be able to deliver better computing performance if they get a processor upgrade this year. This 2018, Foxconn's efforts may seem to have finally paid off. It also does not discount some revisions to the butterfly low-travel keyboard, which has received many complaints from users with keys getting easily stuck on the 2016 and 2017 models.
The news comes days after Bloomberg published a report about Apple meeting with suppliers of nuts and bolts for its upcoming AR glasses at last week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018.