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Taiwan minister resigns over massive power outage

Some 6.68 million households and iPhone supplier ASE lost electricity

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TAIPEI -- Taiwan's minister of economic affairs, Lee Chih-kung, resigned Tuesday night, right after a massive power outage hit more than half of the 13 million households on the island as well as the iPhone chip assembler and tester Advanced Semiconductor Engineering.

Most other major Apple suppliers like Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., meanwhile, were unscathed. It is not immediately clear whether ASE's problems will have a significant impact on the production of new iPhones this year. 

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