Apple is said to be instructing manufacturing partners to cut iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR production by 10 percent over the next three months, reports Nikkei.
The report published today claims Apple made the request late last month prior to Tim Cook’s public letter noting “fewer iPhone upgrades” than anticipated had forced the company to lower its revenue guidance for the first fiscal quarter of 2019.
Over the January-March quarter suppliers will slow down production of all three 2018 iPhone models. “The level of revision is different for each supplier and depends on the product mix they supply,” an unnamed source told Nikkei.
This certainly isn’t the first time we’ve heard that production is being scaled back. Late last year the Wall Street Journal reported Apple was asking suppliers to slowdown production of the iPhone XS and iPhone XR according to sources close to the supply-chain who note component orders have been slashed, reducing manufacturer revenue.
iPhone production including the old models was estimated to be 47 million to 48 million in January to March, but there is a view that it will remain at around 40 to 43 million.