The life of an Apple supplier is getting tougher

Imagination Technologies Group discovered how fickle life can be as an Apple supplier when it was ditched this month by the iPhone maker. More suppliers may suffer the same fate as the world’s largest technology company faces a shrinking number of semiconductor makers and expands into areas that need special chips designed in-house. Dialog Semiconductor, Synaptics and Cirrus Logic are particularly vulnerable to Apple’s supply chain whims and demands, according to analysts. One component supplier...

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