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iPad Pro teardown shows sharp increase in Taiwan parts

Apple's dependence on supplies from the island may increase supply chain risks

Nikkei tore down the latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro, released in May, to discover which Asian companies are making the most from the high-end tablet. (Photos by Kotaro Igarashi)

TOKYO -- Taiwanese suppliers have expanded their presence inside Apple's high-end tablet, gaining ground on their South Korean rivals. A teardown of the latest iPad Pro found that Taiwanese electronics parts makers are responsible for some 20% of all the components in value terms, second only to South Korean suppliers.

Taiwanese suppliers make key parts for what Apple calls the Liquid Retina XDR display. The core chip for Apple's flagship tablet computer, designed by the tech giant itself, is also made by a Taiwanese supplier.

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