Analysts say supply chain order cuts do not mean demand is soft for the Apple iPhone
That happens to match the assessment of the situation made by Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster. The analyst, no stranger to loyal PhoneArena readers, says that talk of Apple cutting component orders are estimates that are not related to the number of iPhone unit sales that Apple will eventually report on January 27th.
Ironically, it was a similarly bearish supply chain story published by The Nikkei in January 2013 that ruffled the feathers of Apple CEO Tim Cook. At the time, the rumor du jour was that Apple had slashed supply chain orders by 50% because of sharply lower demand for the iPhone. The Wall Street Journal printed its own version of the story, focusing on the Apple iPhone 5c. Both papers were later proved wrong when Apple reported its earnings showing a 29% year-over-year gain in iPhone sales to 48.4 million. As Tim Cook has pointed out, news from the supply chain often has nothing to do with the demand for Apple's products.
The original report published today in the Nikkei Asian Review actually downplayed the 30% cut in supply chain orders, calling it an "inventory adjustment." The last line of that paragraph is the most telling, "Apple's products and brand have not lost their appeal, and older models have continued to sell."