We haven’t heard a great deal about iPhone 5 sales figures beyond the opening weekend, but there are signs that iPhone mania might finally be slowing down. Maybe.
A couple of different sources report that Apple has cut Q1 orders for iPhone 5 parts rather significantly.
For starters, we have The Wall Street Journal suggesting that iPhone 5 demand might be “weaker-than-expected”.
Specifically, Apple’s Q1 order for iPhone 5 screens is said to have dropped to “roughly half” – according to “people familiar with the matter”.
In addition, one particular source of WSJ suggests that the iPhone 5 order cuts extend beyond displays.
A further report from Nikkei seems to chime with the WSJ article. They’re saying that Sharp and Japan Display have had their Q1 iPhone 5 display orders (originally set to total 65 million) cut in half.
It’s not clear how LG Display is affected, if at all, and there’s always the possibility that Apple is spreading the component supplier love.
Another theory suggests Apple might be preparing for an earlier-than-expected iPhone 5S. Back in November, we were told to brace for “volume production” in Q1 2013. Which is, eh, now. Ahem.
via: The Verge