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  • Apple Rumored to have cut iPhone 5 Component Orders due to Weak Demand


    According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, which claims the news comes from sources familiar with the matter, Apple cut “roughly half” of its orders for the iPhone 5’s 4-inch screen and initiated a drawdown on other components orders for the January to March quarter. The cutback in part orders was in part due to “weaker-than-expected” demand for Apple’s latest iPhone.

    It’s unclear as to what is to blame for the reduction but ongoing rumors point to the possible introduction of a cheaper model to the iPhone line sometime in 2013. According to a corresponding article from Nikkei, Apple’s revised orders have prompted Japanese LCD makers to look for business elsewhere. Apple is currently sourcing the 4-inch Retina displays used in the iPhone 5 from Japanese manufactures Japan Display and Sharp as well as South Korea’s LG Display.

    Overall, this doesn’t seem like too much of a surprise as supply of the iPhone 5 finally caught up to demand in mid-December when a number of international Online Apple Stores listed the smartphone as being in stock for the first time since its launch at the end of September. Ultimately though, we’ll still need to wait and see if the report is correct and what the exact reason behind a cutdown in orders might be, if there has been one in the first place.

    Source: AppleInsider, The Wall Street Journal, Nikkei via Brightwire
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Rumored to have cut iPhone 5 Component Orders due to Weak Demand started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 64 Comments
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      Quote Originally Posted by mlevine54 View Post
      Is the battery life ****** on 6.0.2??? I'm scared to update
      My battery is fine. Have not seen any changes from 6.0 to 6.0.2. I get 8-9 hours of usage
    1. Donnutt's Avatar
      Donnutt -
      Yeah, iPhone is a total piece of garbage and a waste of money.
      (Not really, I love my iPhone 5 but I just wanted to be cool and bash it like everyone else...)
      Enjoy Google land people!
    1. csglinux's Avatar
      csglinux -
      Some interesting news this morning. It looks like the untethered jailbreak may only be about two weeks away. I'm not sure I share pod2g's optimism, but even if it is here in two weeks, it'll still be too late for many people that have already jumped to android and won't ever be coming back. Most of the tech folks I work with now regard the Note 2 as the 'must have' device. To me, the Note seems excessively large, but perceptions seems to be shifting towards ridiculously large screens.

      It's a shame for Apple. Truly. They make nice hardware. I just wish they hadn't tied down iOS so tight. I think they've shot themselves in the foot.
    1. Donnutt's Avatar
      Donnutt -
      There could be another reason too, there have been many millions of iPhones sold in the past few years. Maybe they are simply reaching their saturation point, so less people are buying them. One problem with the iPhone is their longevity. I know people still using iPhone 3G!! They are not exactly throw away devices...