Digitimes is reporting today, citing sources, that since Cook took over as chief executive, Apple has applied "stricter management" in its supply chain, ensuring that it's effectively managing costs and delivering the highest-quality products.
In order to achieve that goal, Apple has conducted more (and longer) inspections, according to Digitimes' sources. Those folks said that in one case, Apple found a fingerpint on an internal component, and demanded the entire production line be rechecked.
The Digitimes report follows Fortune's look last month at the changes instituted after Cook took over as CEO. Among the revelations was an acknowledgement on the part of former Apple engineering vice president Max Paley that the supply chain has become a more integral piece in Apple's decision-making.
"I've been told that any meeting of significance is now always populated by project management and global-supply management," Paley told Fortune in an interview. "When I was there, engineering decided what we wanted, and it was the job of product management and supply management to go get it. It shows a shift in priority."