Apple Dumps Trackpad Vendor Synaptics

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Date: Friday, February 11th, 2005, 09:16
Category: Hardware

Apple this week notified their supplier of trackpads for PowerBooks and iPods, Synaptics Inc. (NasdaqNM: SYNA), that they weren’t going to use them in PowerBooks any more. The new 2005 PowerBook G4s use a totally new trackpad that Apple developed in-house that features scrolling capability. According to a Forbes.com article “two analysts on Thursday cut their investment ratings on Synaptics Inc., citing concerns that a major customer, Apple Computer Inc., may drop Synaptics’ touchpad interface in favor of a newly released in-house design.”
No word on whether or not Apple will retain Synaptics Inc. as the suppliers for the click wheels found in the iPod.


Apple this week notified their supplier of trackpads for PowerBooks and iPods, Synaptics Inc. (NasdaqNM: SYNA), that they weren’t going to use them in PowerBooks any more. The new 2005 PowerBook G4s use a totally new trackpad that Apple developed in-house that features scrolling capability. According to a Forbes.com article “two analysts on Thursday cut their investment ratings on Synaptics Inc., citing concerns that a major customer, Apple Computer Inc., may drop Synaptics’ touchpad interface in favor of a newly released in-house design.”
No word on whether or not Apple will retain Synaptics Inc. as the suppliers for the click wheels found in the iPod.

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