“Supply and Demand” by the Hives is the soundtrack to this article. Stick it on right now for the full effect, otherwise this’ll just seem like a load of nonsense in black and white.
Our favourite eastern rumour monger, Digitimes, is back, and this time it’s suggesting - with a little help from China's Commercial Times - that Apple has reduced orders for both the iPhone and iPad by 10-15% in Q4.
Supply shortages are cited as one reason for the reduction, but the Digichaps also suggest that demand isn’t as high as Apple anticipated.
Apple announced it had sold 4 million iPhone 4S units in the opening weekend alone. However, demand might’ve decreased significantly after the initial buying frenzy. Maybe. Only Apple knows for sure, and it’s keeping characteristically quiet.
The notion of supply shortages is a little easier to swallow, with the Thailand floods reportedly affecting some Taiwan-based manufacturers.
In sort-of-related news, my lady friend has returned her iPhone 4S after deciding that she preferred the humble iPhone 3GS. True story. “Siri, can I return my iPhone 4S within 14 days for a full refund?”