Workers on Strike at Apple iPhone Touch-screen Supplier

The iPhone more than the sum of its many parts, but when the part in question is the touch-screen itself, and workers at the manufacturer's Suzhou, China facility go on strike, we have to wonder what that will do for supplies in the medium term?

More than 2,000 workers gathered and damaged facilities and vehicles after rumors that the factory may not pay a planned bonus for 2009, the [21st Century Business Herald] said, citing the statement. The plant belongs to Taiwan-based Wintek Corp., the world’s biggest touch-screen maker for mobile phones.

Wintek is a name we've also heard in conjunction with rumored iTablet and iPhone HD panels, so what if any impact this has availability for both existing potential future devices is hard to assess.

[Bloomberg via 9to5mac]

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