Apple touch panel supplier had a very slow June, could this mean declining sales for Apple?

Apple touch panel supplier had a very slow June, could this mean declining sales for Apple?
It’s always hard to estimate sales of products and even more so for secretive companies like Apple, but component makers sales are usually a good indication about how its contractor is doing. And in this case the news isn’t good for Apple’s touch panel supplier Wintek, who was just revealed to have had one of its worst months this June, with sales dropping 34% month on month, according to a report by Topeka Capital analyst Brian White.

Now, hold up before you assume Apple is suffering from lower sales - it could well be that the company has transferred panel production to another company, and we’ve heard reports about a new iPhone with a different display technology, likely not to be made by Wintek.

But what if it turns out that Wintek’s slow month means a slow month and quarter for Apple as well? That’s another way to look at things. Wintek reported consolidated sales of NT$5.22 billion for June, a 33.6% drop on the month. In the last seven year, the company has averaged growth of 1%.

Now, again, this doesn’t mean you should panic about your Apple stock. Wintek could also be transitioning to a new technology or preparing to start making the next iPhone. The in-cell touch panels on the new iPhone we heard rumors about were also to be made by Japanese companies like Sharp and Toshiba. Whatever it is, we’ll get some idea about how Apple is doing in sales as the company announces its financials for Q2 2012 in a couple of weeks.

source: Business Insider

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45 Comments

1. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Impossible. The iPhone is the #1 selling phone in the world and always will be. Sales will never slow down. There will never be a better product.

9. Ravail

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 14, 2011

hmm.. i smell an Apple fanboy!

11. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

What's funny is I can make a sarcastic post like that and people honestly think i'm an Apple fanboy. Says a lot about Apple fanboys.

13. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

As I was reading your 1st comment I thought it was sarcasm. . . and dang! some doesn't get it right away, thus the hate. . . I just laugh. . .

19. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I could the same for android fanboys. I can post Android rules Apple sucks And I'll get 20 thumbs up. It just shows how rabid the fandroids are on here.

30. TRADE-MARK

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 26, 2012

That's right. All fandroids in here!

35. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Yes, but we have a reason.

31. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Your new in here.... iamcc is not an eyef@g!

37. The_Godfather

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Ofcourse their sales would drop. You know why because people know the reality and they don't want to stick with that gay looking phone. They want something new, innovative, a platform which doesn't have copied features from other platforms, which enables people to customize it. Holding a 3.7 inch display device front of giant display and vendors looks so gay that is the reason why I sold my iPhone lolzzz :p Taco:- You should check the sales figure of first 7 months of apple, far behind Samsung lolzzz

2. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Sales dropping 34% Lawsuits raising 34%

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Lawsuits are bid-ness by other means. When your product is stale, sales bans keep customers from buying the competition's products until you can get your new iDevice out.

3. miguel6632

Posts: 21; Member since: May 25, 2012

oohh ohhh guess people are getting tired of the same phone year after year, just better camera and fasater. well at least you can change the backround now even if you cant really see it

4. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

the sheep are awakening!! sadly, some will be human sheep, if you know what I mean. Everything has an end, Apple's will be slow and painful --- Karma for all your lawsuits!

5. kunyuk

Posts: 56; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

"Sheep(t)" happen

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I suspect iPhone sales are slowing in response to HOT Android handsets (GS III for example) being released. Also, not even Apple fans are dumb enough to buy an obsolete product with the imminent release of the new iPhone. The only sales that are occurring right now are probably replacement phones for one that is broken or water-damaged.

21. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

As usual you're out of touch with reality. Can't wait for Q2 sales numbers to be released so you can see that the iPhone will be the top selling smartphone on all 3 carriers again.

22. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

And yet there is an article posted about sales dropping in England due to potential iPhone buyers holding off until the new model is released.... I would offer you a ban bet, but your performance honoring bets that you lose doesn't inspire confidence you would honor your obligation if you lost.

23. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

It's called an analyst so it's a GUESS. Do you understand the difference between fact and analysis?

25. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

sounds like someone I know

24. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

advice never bet with Taco ANYTHING end of advice

34. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

why is this so important to you? does it give your iHerdism validity? makes you feel more like a ram?

44. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I like watching you guys get proved wrong quarter after quarter. You're always wrong and yet don't stop with the trolling.

40. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

why you're so physced in sales? you're not getting any money from APPLE's stock. you're just a simple minded zombie.

43. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

You forgot the I in the front of the zombie.

7. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

smh... you guys know how to get your website clicks in...lol can hate on how you post tech news... clever...

26. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

indeed, Unbanning unnecessary trolls, making misleading titles and so on....

41. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Another ifan... Now theres 3 galli taco g2g... and cmpunk the legend strikercho qezdwgeat ....

12. Aeires unregistered

Probably a shift to Sharp screens and a user base painstakingly holding out for 4G technology.

14. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

might be due to the SGS3 demand, I can remember last year everyone I know wants to buy an iPhone4, but this time around its the SGS3 that is grabbing most of their attentions. My facebook news feed has seen a handful of SGS3 photos . . .

15. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

oh Victor aka iOS arenas taco, I hope you are right! I hope Apple isn't slowing down in sales! I hope apple can stay on top for every producing more mediocre than anyone else! Please i hope you are right :/

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