Among the beneficiaries of Apple's business and the tear-down buzz were the semiconductor heavyweights Intel, Broadcom, Texas Instruments and Infineon Technologies, as well as lesser-known companies like Skyworks Solutions and Linear Technology.
Some researchers said Apple's secrecy surrounding the iPhone's component suppliers was yet another example of the company's vaunted ability to keep its partners tight-lipped even when facing a media frenzy and rampant speculation.
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