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Apple’s Supply Chain Confident of Smooth Transition

There’s little reason to think Steve Jobs’s resignation as Apple’s CEO will have any impact on the company’s supply chain, but its manufacturing partners are offering up assurances just the same.

Sources close to Apple suppliers Foxconn and Quanta tell Taiwanese trade mag DigiTimes that there’s little concern that the leadership transition that occurred at Apple this week will affect their relationship with it. And really, there’s no reason to think otherwise. Apple’s deals with its Asian supplier partners and contract assemblers are likely firmly established for at least the next year, and newly minted CEO Tim Cook was almost certainly involved in their negotiation.

Indeed, Foxconn, which assembles the iPhone and iPad, says its partnership with Apple is solid.

“Foxconn has had a long and very successful partnership with Steve Jobs, Tim Cook and the entire Apple team for many years and we look forward to working with Steve and Tim in their new positions within Apple,” Foxconn said in a statement to AllThingsD. “We have every confidence in Apple’s leadership and its ability to continue to innovate and to drive much of the global technology industry’s growth. Steve has built a great company and a great management team and we wish him all the best as he transitions to chairman of the board of Apple.”

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik