There were rumors in the summer that Sharp was the laggard
when it came to producing the displays in Apple's yet-unannounced gadgets. and that Apple is fronting it some cash for tools and equipment
to ensure yields rise up. Sharp had been in dire straits this year, and was desperately seeking investments to keep it afloat, with its TV business down in the dumps.
Now Horace Dediu from Asymco is putting two and two together, analyzing where did the $2.3 billion extra CapEx money Apple reported go, and concludes that the unusual outlay for "product tooling and manufacturing process equipment" might have gone straight to Sharp.
The analyst thinks that Apple might have snatched a whole display production line, and secured it in the form of component prepayments, thus taking it on the balance sheet without alarming Sharp's creditors.