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Tech & Science Apple warns suppliers of lower parts orders for new iPhones: Nikkei

15:45  08 june  2018
15:45  08 june  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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While reporting that Apple could cut supplier orders for new iPhone 6s models by "30 percent," Japanese business newspaper Nikkei has characterized the move as "inventory adjustment" while adding that other iPhone models "have continued to sell."

Apple could be prepping for a new model and it already has all the components it needs until it's released, or the company could be switching part suppliers . However, a separate report from Nikkei corroborates that iPhone 5 screen makers Sharp and Japan Display have had their orders for

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Apple Inc has asked its parts suppliers to manufacture about 20 percent fewer components for iPhones in the second half of 2018, the Nikkei on Friday reported, sending the iPhone maker's stock down 2 percent.

Apple expects total shipments of iPhones to be launched this year to be 80 million, less than the 100 million shipments that Apple planned for around the same time last year, the financial newspaper said, citing two industry sources.

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In January, before Apple 's most recent earnings report was published, Nikkei claimed iPhone X production was cut in half due to sluggish sales. Austrian firm AMS, which builds components for Apple 's TrueDepth camera, issued guidance this month warning of lower than expected revenue

The previous year, Nikkei reported that Apple had cut supplier orders for iPhone 6s models by "30 percent," based on channel checks at unnamed "Japanese and South Korean parts suppliers ."

"Apple is quite conservative in terms of placing new orders for upcoming iPhones this year," one of the sources told Nikkei.

Shares of Apple, which usually launches iPhones in the second half of the year, fell 2.2 percent to $189.20 in premarket trading. Shares of Apple suppliers AMS fell 6 percent, while those of Dialog Semi fell 4.1 pct.

The company intends to introduce three new iPhones in 2018, according to reports, and is set to start shipping in September after Apple's annual product launch.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

(Reporting by Vibhuti Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)

Britain is the top European country for app developers with more than 290,000 jobs linked to Apple's App Store .
Figures from the US giant show that British developers have made more than £2bn overall from sales since the App Store was launched in 2008. The figures demonstrate how the UK has become Europe's leading tech hub. London was the biggest base of activity, with 138,000 app-related jobs. Other top cities include Manchester, Birmingham, Oxford and Bristol.Apple said the UK's closest competitor was Germany, which has 262,000 jobs related to apps. France has 220,000.

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