“The head of a key iPhone assembler in Taiwan has hinted at better than expected demand for the latest smartphone offering by Apple Inc.,” Debby Wu reports for Nikkei.

“On the sidelines of 40th anniversary celebrations for Taiwanese PC company Acer Inc., Pegatron chairman Tung Tzu-hsien said consumers had demonstrated a willingness to buy next generation smartphones such as the iPhone 7,” Wu reports. “Tung said of the iPhone 7 range… that he remained ‘cautiously optimistic’ about sales while declining to discuss shipment numbers.”

“Tung’s Pegatron is a smaller competitor to Hon Hai Precision Industry, or Foxconn Technology Group, in the iPhone assembly market,” Wu reports. “The two share orders for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s and iPhone 7, while Foxconn dominates assembly of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone 7 Plus.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: On May 12th, Debby Wu reported for Nikkei that Apple’s iPhone would see “weak demand” due to a “lack of groundbreaking features for the upcoming iPhone 7.”

Now, all of a sudden, demand is “better-than-expected.”

What we wrote at the time in response to Nikkei’s “weak iPhone demand” report, in part: This “report” smacks of a plant designed to depress the price of AAPL. Plain and simple. And Nikkei seems to be the preferred place to do it.

Regardless of the news, positive or negative, take whatever Nikkei pukes out about Apple with much salt. (We’ve edited out the insipid negativity and anti-Apple bias peppered throughout Wu’s piece above.)

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