August 2nd 2002
By Mike Flaminio
Quanta Computer, the company that manufactures Apple's flat panel iMacs and PowerBooks, expects a boost from sales of the recently introduced 17-inch LCD consumer desktop, according to Digitimes.
Last month Quanta's sales were largely flat in part because orders for 15-inch iMac models were cancelled or cut sharply.
Analysis: These are tough times for all computer manufacturers in part because predicting demand is so difficult. Moreover, with so many bargains to choose from, this is definitely a buyer's market and flexibility in meeting their demands is very important -- an area where Apple needs to improve.