AT&T, Verizon Communications, Foxconn Technology Group and TPK Holdings are four of Apple’s closest business partners which will surely be impacted by changes at Apple after Steve Jobs stepped down as CEO of Apple for Tim Cook to step up.
Between 2007 and 2011, AT&T is one of Apple's major business partners and was the sole U.S. carrier of the iPhone, the largest provider of mobile telephony and fixed telephony in the United States, the 7th largest company in the United States by total revenue, the 4th largest non-oil company in the US, the 3rd largest company in Texas by total revenue and the largest non-oil company in Texas. For AT&T, the iPhone has been a major hit so with 3.6 million activations in just the first three months of 2011. In the first half of this year alone, AT&T has had 7.2 million iPhone activations.
The chairman and CEO of AT&T, Randall Stephenson talked that Steve Jobs was one of the industry's most gifted entrepreneurs, visionaries, and creative minds
This Taiwanese company is the largest supplier of touch panels to Apple for iPads and iPhones in which over 70 percent of TPK's $1.12 billion revenues came from Apple
About one million Verizon iPhones were sold in just the debut weekend with 60 percent of the sales coming from pre-orders. In total, 4.5 million new iPhones connections were sold by Verizon in the first six months of the year
Foxconn Technology Group
The world's largest electronics manufacturer, Foxconn is the plant Apple's iPads, iPhones, iPods, and Mac computers are assembled
Quanta is the largest manufacturer of notebook computers in the world, supplying some famous brands like Hewlett-Packard and Gateway.
This Taiwan-based company set the relationship with Apple in 1998
After a fierce battle over the past year when Apple accused Samsung of copying the iPhone's software and layout and Samsung filed a counterclaim against Apple over patent infringement, two technology giants normally continued their manufacturer and supplier partnership.
The partnership between the two is worth more than $5 billion
Apple’s relationship with Intel from 2005 was marked by Jobs’s announcement for making a transition away from IBM's PowerPC microprocessors in its Macintosh computers to processors
Toshiba Company informed some proposes to spend $1.2 billion to build a factory in Japan's Ishikawa prefecture for making small high-resolution LCD panels, mainly to supply Apple's iPhones and in turns, Apple would also invest in the plant.
This major Apple business partner Toshiba supplies the LCD panel for the iPhone 3GS, flash drives for the iPhone 4
With operations in China and India, this Taiwan-based electronic-component maker supplies touch screens for Apple’s iPhones. However, this firm faced with the problem that workers in China were allegedly poisoned by chemicals while making the panels and then paid about $1.5 million to 91 workers poisoned in 2009. However, these employees together wrote an appealing-for-help letter to Jobs and Apple has since ordered Wintek to stop using the chemical and N-hexane.
Wintek provides touch screens for Apple’s iPhones
Known for one of the Taiwan’s top makers of magnesium and aluminum casings for PCs and handsets, Catcher Technology mainly provides metal casing for Macbooks
Apple’s Closest Business Partners: AT&T