Although Japan’s power brownout policy is seriously affecting the operations of Japan-based upstream component makers, causing related upstream components to see price rises, since Apple has agreed to absorb all the additional costs in exchange for smooth shipments, reports “DigiTimes” (

Apple’s upstream component suppliers, which purchase components from Japan, are expected to see their profitability undamaged in the short term, according to sources from upstream component makers, the article adds. However, “DigiTimes” says that, for other tablet vendors, purchasing pressure will increase, and “if they are unable to absorb the extra costs, which will only give Apple more advantages in the market.”