Japanese financial daily, the Nikkei reported on Friday, citing industry sources that Apple are to ship just 80 million new model iPhones this year, down 20 percent from what it had planned at the same time last year.
The California-based firm has asked suppliers to make about 20 percent fewer components for the three new iPhones it plans to launch in the second half of 2018, compared to last year’s plans for its iPhone X and iPhone 8 models, the paper reported. Following the report, shares of Apple and its suppliers fell, with the firm down 1.6 percent as of Friday morning. omponents for the three new iPhones it plans to launch in the second half of 2018, compared to last year’s plans for its iPhone X and iPhone 8 models, the paper reported. Following the report, shares of Apple and its suppliers fell, with the firm down 1.6 percent as of Friday morning. ‘Today we see a little bit of pressure because there is a lot of uncertainty and more selling in technology,’’ said Adam Sarhan, chief executive officer at 50 Park Investments.
The report added to concerns that consumer passion for new editions of the iconic smartphones may be cooling after years of scorching growth, sending shares in Apple and many of its major suppliers lower and weighing on global stock markets.
‘’This news needs to be viewed in the context of Apple probably being overly optimistic last year in relation to the prospects for its new phones, leaving it with excess inventory in the first part of this year,’ Atlantic Equities analyst James Cordwell said. “At least part of this lower order forecast probably relates to Apple just being a little more realistic.”
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Shares in the company fell as much as 2 percent on the report, while those in suppliers AMS and Dialog Semi sank 6 percent and 4.1 percent respectively. U.S.-based supplier Advanced Micro Devices, Micron Technology Intel, Broadcom Inc and Qualcomm Inc were all down between 1 percent and 4 percent.
Many analysts have said the high price of the iPhone X – which sells for $1,000 and is the first iPhone to sport a new design since the launch of the iPhone 6 in 2015 – is also muting demand for the flagship.
Culled from Daily Trust