Apple is said to have asked its suppliers to build “around 20 percent fewer” components for the upcoming iPhones that are set to debut in the second half of 2018, according to four sources of Nikkei . This move is an attempt to cautiously approach with the iPhone shipments in 2018 compared to 2017 orders.
Apple in 2017 said to have ordered around 100 million iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X production units and now the number is down to 80 million in 2018, according to the report, which corroborates with the recent claims made by Security analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, stating that all three new iPhones will ship in September 2018, despite some rumors said that the LCD model could launch slightly later.
The company has also asked suppliers to prepare earlier for this year’s OLED models to ensure that the smartphones can launch in September, and eliminate the iPhone X’s like delay in November in 2017. The components for these smartphones will arrive at assemblers like Foxconn and Pegatron for final assembly in July, while the same will occur for the LCD model in August. It is a known fact that Apple is planning on launching three new iPhone models later this year; a 6.5-inch “iPhone X Plus”, a second-generation iPhone X, and a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone.
Sources in a statement to Nikkei said:
Apple is quite conservative in terms of placing new orders for upcoming iPhones this year. For the three new models specifically, the total planned capacity could be up to 20% fewer than last year’s orders.