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Highlights of the day: Apple reportedly remains upbeat about AirPods

The TWS device market looks promising, and despite the uncertainty lying ahead of the global economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Apple reportedly is sticking to its shipment target for AirPods devices for 2020. Neither has the outbreak deterred the datacenter and server sectors from stepping up their deployments, which has in turn fueled momentum for memory prices. NAND flash chip contract prices are expected to go up 15% in second-quate 2020. But for PCB makers, they are set to see a sluggish year with a growth much lower than they had expected.

Apple still looks to ship 90 million AirPods in 2020: Apple has not revised downward its shipment forecast for AirPods devices, and is expected to stick its goal of shipping 90 million units in 2020, an increase of 50% from a year earlier, according to sources from the supply chain.

NAND flash contract prices to rise 15% in 2Q20: NAND flash contract prices are expected to rise 15% sequentially in the second quarter of 2020, driven mainly by robust demand for servers and enterprise-class applications, according to industry sources.

Taiwan PCB production to grow 3% in 2020, says TPCA: The production of Taiwan's PCB industry is estimated to rise 2.82% on year to reach NT$681.1 billion in 2020 if the coronavirus outbreak can ease in the first half of the year, according to Taiwan Printed Circuit Association (TPCA).

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