Apple reportedly cuts orders for 2018 iPhone parts by 20%

Apple reportedly cuts orders for 2018 iPhone parts by 20%
According to a report published earlier today, Apple has cut orders to its suppliers by 20% for parts needed to build the upcoming crop of 2018 iPhone models to be unveiled later this year. Citing four sources, the reputable Nikkei Asian Review says that it appears that Apple will reduce its production capacity by 20% for the three rumored new models. Last year, Apple informed suppliers that it needed parts to build 100 million iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X units. With the rumored 20% cut in supply chain orders, it would appear that Apple is targeting production of 80 million phones for its three new models.

While Apple did tell suppliers to ship parts related to OLED screens to its assemblers early, it might have nothing to do with the actual release of the 2018 lineup. Previous reports suggested that this request by Apple could lead it to release the OLED sporting 5.8-inch iPhone Xs and 6.5-inch iPhone Xs Plus in September prior to the release of the iPhone 9. The latter is rumored to carry a 6.1 LCD display. However, the Nikkei Asian Review said even though the two OLED models will be ready in August, all three phones won't ship until September. Apple reportedly asked the supply chain to ship parts related to the OLED screens earlier to avoid the delay that forced Apple to release the iPhone X in November last year, two months after the launch of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

Yuanta Securities Investment Consulting says that Foxconn will assemble 100% of the 5.8-inch model, 80% to 90% of the 6.5-inch "Plus" version, and 30% of the 6.1-inch LCD model. Contract manufacturer Pegatron will assemble 60% of the LCD units and 10% to 15% of the 6.5-inch "Plus" model. The remaining iPhone units will be built by Wistron.


Multiple sources told the Nikkei Asian Review that Apple is running into problems trying to get the 3D scanning system used for Face ID to work on an LCD panel. All three 2018 iPhone models are expected to feature Apple's facial recognition system. Apple is sourcing the OLED panels from Samsung while the LCD screens are coming from LG Display and Japan Display.

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1. scarface21173

Posts: 636; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Selling less iphones means one thing, expect a huge price increase. They are interested only in there bottom line.

9. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Tim Cook is busy inventing new sized bottles and wondering how to most innovatively price them. https://youtu.be/-AxZofbMGpM

12. Vokilam

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Awesome video clip. Ironically, this is very close to what Tim Cook is and stove put him in the CEO seat? But if anyone can reinvent a bottle that improves our lives - I would be impressed.

43. sgodsell

Posts: 6843; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Anyone with even half a brain realizes that Apple is still selling iPhone 6s, 7, 8, and X's. Not to mention a number of carriers are still selling iPhone 6's. Even Apple rehashed another iPhone 6 with 32 gb of storage to sell in 2017. So it makes sense that Apple isn't going to sell as many brand new iPhones compared to previous years. This isn't rocket science.

44. Vokilam

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

On this I disagree. There’s barely anything inside those phones that’s the same as the previous model. Outside - they also changed: 6 and 7 have different home buttons and rear camera placement as well as rear shell design. iPhone 8, is all upgraded inside as well, and the rear shell is completely different and made of glass. By your logic all Samsung phones are all the same since galaxy s3 - and we both know they’re not the same phone.

45. sgodsell

Posts: 6843; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Did you even read what I posted? I said there is still a lot of iPhone 6, 6s, 7, and 8's for sale not only from carriers, but from Apple as well. So it makes sense that Apple would reduce the number of new devices, because not everyone is willing to pay the the higher prices, and a lot of people are willing to buy previous generation devices. But since you brought it up. Let's get real there hasn't been a lot of progressive changes from 6 to 6s, to 6s to 7, or 7 to 8. Sure the processor has been upgraded every year. Same low resolution displays with none of the supporting HDR. Only the iPhone X supports HDR. But inside the same RAM, same storage, same sensors, even slight changes on LTE compared to the competition. You can get inexpensive Android smartphones with more ram, more storage, and larger higher resolution displays for around the $250 USD mark. As far as the glass back is concerned on the 8 with wireless charging. You make it sound like it's game changing. It is far from ground breaking or game changing. You could always buy a wireless charging tag from Amazon for any iPhone or smartphone for that matter for $5. The glass back is needed because you cannot charge through a metal back. Especially when the iPhone 6s and above can run the same apps, including ARkit apps.

47. Vokilam

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

All I’m saying is that apple does change their exterior but keeps the overall shape the same - because it works. There are just as many changes to every new iPhone as there’s in Samsung phone. You keep mentioning the few items that are the same (even though ram is faster even if same amount - so even that’s not the same part). Force touch was added to iPhone 6s - so that’s not the same screen. Home button became static, camera changed on iPhone 7. They remolded the body - might as well be a different body completely - no part is in the same exact place in any new device. It’s not the same exact shell, it’s not same exact ram, it’s not same exact cameras. There are just as many similarities between Samsung iterations as there are between iPhone iterations. I’m not even mentioning the breakthrough in speeds that iPhones post with every new phone - but yeah somehow it’s the same exact phone, right? What you see on the outside of devices says little about what’s inside - for any new version of device - but you concentrate on Apple as if your paid to do so.

48. Marcwand3l

Posts: 414; Member since: May 08, 2017

LoL you are just trying to deflect the simple fact that design wise the changes from iphone 6 to iphone 8 have been minor. You still get the exact same size and huge bezels. You can even fit iphone 7 cases on and an iphone 8. >There are just as many similarities between Samsung iterations as there are between iPhone iterations.

34. mootu

Posts: 1409; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

That clip describes Apple exactly as it is today.

35. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

All corporations are interested in their bottom line. It's what shows them to continue operating.

39. scarface21173

Posts: 636; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Most companys are happy with a profit, not apple. They need to beat last years profit for their shareholders. Selling less products means massive price increases.

46. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Again, all for profit corporations try to beat last years (and last quarter's) numbers. There's not one that doesn't.

2. Papa_Ji

Posts: 791; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Apple's father Samsung knows everything about upcoming iPhone.... iPussy is in Samsung hands... He will handle it like Master.

5. apple-rulz

Posts: 1896; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

And the son taught the father how to calibrate panels; http://www.displaymate.com/iPhoneX_ShootOut_1a.htm

6. Boast_Rider

Posts: 532; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

The s9 already beat that. The X has an excellent panel, but 1080p PenTile doesn't scream high end to me.

8. apple-rulz

Posts: 1896; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Yep because the S9 came after the iPhone X, and Samsung was able to learn from Apple. Kinda cute how you’re ignoring that though :)

11. Papa_Ji

Posts: 791; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

samsung was testing it's display on CrapX...Beta testing. When it was perfect they put it on S9.

13. Trex95

Posts: 2359; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

https://youtu.be/JP-kjFQY2HI iPhone X still has the best OLED around even better than S9 and S9 plus

14. Loveneesh

Posts: 424; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Great joke man, Keep it up,

36. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

18. apple-rulz

Posts: 1896; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Apple is the daddy master and Samsung is the student son. Samsung creates nothing, all they do is buy what others have created. Samsung is a thieving consortium, Samsung themselves admitted to using the original iPhone for inspiration. In fact, that’d make Apple a god to Samsung!

31. sissy246

Posts: 7000; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

"all they do is buy what others have created" Sorry sun shine, apple has done the same thing more then once.

37. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Wow, that's ironic.

33. Boast_Rider

Posts: 532; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Doesn't matter, s9 is the best display, and that's what matters. New iPhone will be better, then s10 will beat it and the cycle goes on. Newer panels will always be better. That's what you should know. Samsung has had great calibration since the s6 era and is improving with every generation. Same with Apple and OnePlus even. We are at a point right now that most phones are at a spitting distance to perfect sRGB calibration. However, Samsung offers higher resolution without notch, so they are better.

41. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1504; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Even iPhone X came after S8. So you can't say that Apple is better.

42. scarface21173

Posts: 636; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

1080p what year is it 2013

49. Marcwand3l

Posts: 414; Member since: May 08, 2017

LoL that is just baseless speculation. In the displaymate article is explained that Samsung's focus was been to put all it's resources in improves the overall OLED tech and with the S9 they simply dedicated more resources to improve calibration so nothing special. Even so previous Galaxy phones had very good color calibration. The thing is people forget iphone screen were just how average before the iphone 7.

19. Medoogalaxy

Posts: 232; Member since: May 25, 2017

Samsung since 2000 has the best screen on planet and apple buy panel SuperAmoled. don't cry!

23. Trex95

Posts: 2359; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

first high resolution and bright screen comes with iPhone 4 aka retina not with Samsung OLED so.

32. Phullofphil

Posts: 1747; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

One, your an idiot Two is yes you are in the hands of Samsung Three, it’s probably fake phishing info news

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