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Intel's iPhone supply deal leaves PC makers facing chip shortage

Chipmaker's shift to mobile weighs on Acer and Asustek as Christmas season nears

Intel's Apple supply deal comes as the U.S. chipmaker has been trying to reduce dependence on processors for personal computers, like the one pictured here.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Intel's exclusive deal to provide modem chips for new iPhones has strained its ability to supply such longtime personal computer partners as Taiwan's Acer and Asustek Computer, which face shortages of a key component heading into the year-end shopping season, industry sources said. 

Intel's focus on Apple orders will weigh on the PC market just as it starts to show signs of recovery.

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