Apple has reportedly reduced new iPhone production requests - again

Apple's new iPhone production orders have dropped again. (Source: Apple)
Apple's new iPhone production orders have dropped again. (Source: Apple)
Apple's hardware suppliers have been hit by a 10% decrease in the volume of new iPhone production requests for the first quarter of 2019. These claims have emanated from sources cited by a new report on Nikkei. It suggests that Apple's recent financial woes have translated into an anticipated negative effect on sales for the first 3 months of this year.
Deirdre O Donnell,

A new report from the Nikkei's Asian Review claims that Apple has asked its suppliers for 10% fewer new iPhones than expected. This figure is derived from sources apparently familiar with this request, and applies to the first 3 months of 2019. According to them, it was prior to the release of an open letter in which Tim Cook downgraded his company's revenue- and margin-related guidance for the same year's fiscal first quarter.

The revised guidance indicated that Apple would only make US$84 billion for that period, rather than the minimum of $89 billion from an original estimate. This has clearly had a knock-on effect on projected sales and stock requirements for January through March 2019. More specifically, Nikkei's report asserts that Apple's planned production run for this period has been reduced to between 40 and 43 million units, whereas an initial estimate had been for 47 to 48 million devices.

For increased context, Apple sold 52.21 million units in the same quarter of 2018, translating in a rough 20% year-on-year reduction in production volumes. In addition, this is not the first time Apple has cut their supplier orders in relation to 2018's iPhone line-up. News like this may be why the company will no longer release its shipment data to the public.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-01- 9 (Update: 2019-01- 9)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.