Apple slashes Q1 iPhone 5 screen orders in half

Apple slashes Q1 iPhone 5 screen orders in halfWe 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

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 14, 2013 at 18:40

That is the Wall Street Journal that published the plausible rumour of a plastic iPhone Mini 10 days ago, right? Or was that the Sesame Street Digest?

loofer  Jan. 14, 2013 at 20:21

That is the Wall Street Journal that published the plausible rumour of a plastic iPhone Mini 10 days ago, right? Or was that the Sesame Street Digest?


Well the news was enough to drop Apple share price by just over 3% today!

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 14, 2013 at 20:35

That is the Wall Street Journal that published the plausible rumour of a plastic iPhone Mini 10 days ago, right? Or was that the Sesame Street Digest?


Well the news was enough to drop Apple share price by just over 3% today!


No doubt.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 14, 2013 at 21:14

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 15, 2013 at 11:12

I just skimmed the news updates on this, and it's utterly ridiculous... More than 4 years since the big bang of 2008, and we still consider Wall Street's rumour mongers as some sort of scientific elite? It's funny - in an endtimes kinda way.

CTPAHHIK  Jan. 15, 2013 at 15:05

I only know a handful of people with iPhone 5. Everyone seems to be happy with 4 or 4S and don't see a reason to upgrade.

I was thinking getting 5th Apple, but could not be bothered after 3 month, when they actually appeared in stock.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 15, 2013 at 15:07

Where do you live?

CTPAHHIK  Jan. 15, 2013 at 15:14

Where do you live?
London

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 15, 2013 at 16:19

Even here in West of Ireland they were available quite a while - unlike the fr*gging nano-sims...

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 16, 2013 at 13:59

Apparently (cough) Apple shipped 51 million iPhones for the "holiday Quarter" http://bgr.com/2013/01/16/iphone-shipments-q1-2013-293051/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

loofer  Jan. 23, 2013 at 22:30

...and the share price just bombed again. Closed at $514 per share but in after hours trading it's currently $480 in less than an hour. All because it's less than analyst predictions... yet they have sold 29% more iPhones and 48% more iPads (inc mini) than this time last year. Does that mean the Smartphone market is increasing at more than 30% if Apple are able to sell more iPhones than last year and still lose market share?

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 24, 2013 at 06:34

...and the share price just bombed again. Closed at $514 per share but in after hours trading it's currently $480 in less than an hour. All because it's less than analyst predictions... yet they have sold 29% more iPhones and 48% more iPads (inc mini) than this time last year. Does that mean the Smartphone market is increasing at more than 30% if Apple are able to sell more iPhones than last year and still lose market share?
Wall Street. Full. Of. Wisdom... That is why we are so much better of than in 2007...
Waste of time to think of it as anything but a scam. Talk about "reality distortion field"...
147 million more devices sold in 2012 than in 2011. Well...no surprise iPods are down, seeing everyone has one in their phones. Macbooks down a bit? Well, d'oh...

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