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4 Areas Where Apple's Cook Could Outperform Jobs

One Area That Shouldn't Change

Cook will undoubtedly maintain Apple's iron grip over its supplier ecosystem, aiming to ensure that the tech giant gets the components it needs for future product launches.

With a coveted spot inside, say a new iPhone, or a new iPad up for grabs, suppliers have to jump to Apple's tune. Just because a chipmaker is in, say, one version of the iPhone, it doesn't guarantee a place in the next generation of the product.

While the company's supply partners are bound by an omertà-style code of silence toward the gadget giant, "teardowns" of the latest gear shed some light on the component makers riding the Apple wave. Power amplifier specialist TriQuint (TQNT), for example, has been cited as the big winner within Apple's new iPhone 4S.

The Hillsboro, Ore.-based company, which provided components for the original iPhone 4, did not feature in the Verizon (VZ - Get Report) version of the product but is back in the latest iPhone. A teardown performed by the Web site, reveals two chips from power amplifier specialist TriQuint within the new iPhone 4S, sending the company's shares surging last week.

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