Offbeat Apple slides on warning about a sharp drop in parts orders

18:33  08 june  2018
18:33  08 june  2018 Source:   cnbc.com

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The newspaper cites people familiar with the matter who say that Apple has cut its orders for iPhone 5 parts . It's important to note that a drop in part orders does not necessarily mean that iPhone 5 sales are disappointing.

Apple shares were down 1.5 percent Friday after a report said the company told its supply chain to make 20 percent fewer parts for iPhones in the second half of 2018.

The Nikkei newspaper, citing unnamed industry sources, reported that Apple was placing less orders as it is taking a "cautious" approach toward upcoming iPhone shipments this year.

The company is reportedly set to launch three new iPhone models in the latter half of 2018, which is when it usually presents new phones.

The Nikkei said that Apple expects shipments of 80 million units for the new phones, compared to the 100 million units it had placed orders for last year.

Apple was not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNBC.

Apple's latest smartphone, the iPhone X, is the first to be equipped with an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen. OLED screens make images appear brighter and sharper than the light-crystal display (LCD) panels.

It is also the most expensive phone to have ever been released by the company, with a $999 price tag.

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