“Apple has reportedly stopped placing component orders for its Mac series products recently and related upstream suppliers so far have not yet received any word about when the US-based vendor will resume its orders, according to sources from the upstream supply chain,” Aaron Lee and Joseph Tsai report for DigiTimes.
“The suppliers originally expected to finish digesting their Mac inventories in April, but are now stranded waiting for further instructions from Apple,” Lee and Tsai report. “Since Apple hardly mis-estimates its shipment forecasts, the sharp order drop may imply that Apple has underestimated the PC industry’s weak status and its iPad products are affecting the PC industry more seriously than it expected.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Not enough information to draw any sound conclusion. Could be anything from unsubstantiated rumor to a shift to MacBook Air models with Retina displays (finally!). We’ll likely know more soon enough – on April 23rd during Apple’s Q213 earnings results conference call with analysts.