Wintek, the touch panel manufacturer with whom Apple has a long and healthy history, just released its June sales figures.
They’re not good.
For the first time since 2008, Wintek saw an enormous 33.6 percent drop in month-over-month sales. Having enjoyed an average one percent gain for every June period over the last seven years, today’s numbers hint that Wintek is on the way out. But what does that mean for Apple, who is historically responsible for a whopping half of all Wintek sales?
According to Topeka Capital Markets‘ Brian White, the Cupertino company is doing just fine, as Wintek’s sharp decline is a mere harbinger of Apple’s forthcoming reliance on in-panel touchscreen technology. Since Wintek doesn’t produce said newer, thinner pieces of kit, Apple’s had to move its orders to the likes of Sharp and Toshiba (and perhaps even Sony) to meet upcoming manufactory deadlines.
So while Wintek may not have much to look forward to, Apple fans like me and you most certainly do. After all, this is as good an indication as any that the new iPhone — whenever it launches later this year — will be thinner, lighter, more efficient, and more responsive than ever.