Analyst: Apple supply chain ‘healthy and growing again’

“Cascend Securities analyst Eric Ross wrote Friday that Apple Inc.’s iPhone supply chain was ‘healthy and growing again,'” Emily Bary reports for MarketWatch.

“He said that it’s too early in the iPhone production cycle for the supply chain to be fully ramped ahead of the new iPhone launch,” Bary reports, “but suppliers are ‘starting to build select parts.'”

“Ross wrote that some of the increased activity could also be due to a ‘slight restocking of iPhone X driven by better than expected sell-through,'” Bary reports. “Ross rates Apple’s stock a buy, and he has a $220 price target on the stock.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Because speculation about Apple’s iPhone supply chain is oh-so-accurate and germane to pretty much nothing. What say you, Nikkei, ye oracle of wrongness?

Nikkei: Apple warns suppliers of 20% drop in new iPhone parts orders – June 8, 2018
First quarter U.S. smartphone sales declined 11% YOY, Apple iPhone sales grew a record 16% YOY – May 22, 2018
Apple’s iPhone X remained the world’s best-selling smartphone in March – May 18, 2018
Apple sells an iPhone X every three seconds in Europe – May 9, 2018
Canalys: Apple’s iPhone X was Europe’s No.1 smartphone in Q1 – May 9, 2018
Strategy Analytics: Apple’s iPhone X the world’s best-selling smartphone model in Q1 2018 – May 4, 2018
How did analysts and pundits got the iPhone X ‘panic’ story so very, very wrong? – May 4, 2018
Why was iPhone X so successful at $999 despite a slew of fake news? – May 2, 2018
Uh, yeah, about those iPhone X ‘concerns’ from analysts: Never mind – May 1, 2018
Apple beats Street with best Q2 ever – May 1, 2018
Apple’s iPhone X isn’t selling well – or is it? – April 21, 2018
Apple’s iPhone X to be discontinued this year, analyst claims – April 20, 2018
Morgan Stanley: Apple stock may fall on ‘materially’ weaker iPhone sales – April 20, 2018
Apple’s iPhone X made 5 times the profit of 600 Android OEMs combined – April 18, 2018
Apple’s iPhone captured 86% of global handset profits in Q417; iPhone X alone took 35% of global handset profits – April 17, 2018
Bernstein: Ams AG is biggest winner in Apple’s TrueDepth Camera system – April 10, 2018
Apple’s iPhone X is the UK’s most popular smartphone – April 9, 2018
Apple’s iPhone X sales continue to disappoint, some analysts say – March 22, 2018
Ignore the iPhone X naysayers – March 10, 2018
Will the naysayers admit they were wrong about Apple’s iPhone X? – February 5, 2018
Do iPhone X sales spell trouble for Apple? – January 30, 2018
Apple supplier says report of iPhone X production cuts was overstated – January 30, 2018
Another January, another misleading iPhone supply cuts story from Nikkei – January 29, 2018
Apple stock drops after Nikkei report of iPhone X production cut – January 29, 2018
Reports of Apple cutting iPhone X orders make no sense – January 2, 2018
Apple stock tumbles on one poorly-sourced report of low iPhone X demand – December 26, 2017
Apple and suppliers shares drop on report of weak iPhone X demand – December 26, 2017


  1. If new iPhone models are going to be in the shops around September, then they will need to start building them about now, starting with test manufacturing, just as they always do.

    This is exactly what you should expect from Apple’s product cycle and you should also expect the supply chain to be facing reduced orders in January when the factories shut down over the Chinese New Year.

    We’ve seen this cycle happening for about ten years now and it still get regarded as newsworthy by analysts. In related news, Easter egg production slowed down in April while Christmas tree harvesting is expected to peak in 5-6 months from now.

  2. I don’t follow the list of anals so I wonder if Ross is the same anal who downed Apple’s stock for whatever reason who now backtracks on it but without having to apologize directly on his bad anals?

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