Nikkei claims iPhone XR production cuts, Apple stock drops over 3%

“Apple has signaled disappointing demand for the new iPhone XR, telling its top smartphone assemblers Foxconn and Pegatron to halt plans for additional production lines dedicated to the relatively cost-effective model that hit shelves in late October, sources say,” Lauly Li and Cheng Ting-Fang report for Nikkei. “‘For the Foxconn side, it first prepared nearly 60 assembly lines for Apple’s XR model, but recently uses only around 45 production lines as its top customer said it does not need to manufacture that many by now,’ a source familiar with the situation said.”

“Fellow Taiwanese manufacturer Pegatron faces a similar situation, suspending plans to ramp up production and awaiting further instructions from Apple, a supply chain source said,” Nikkei reports. “The California-based tech company instead is requesting more of the older iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models, which are up to 20% cheaper than the XR’s starting price of $749. ‘Suppliers of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are getting a combined order of around 5 million more units,’ one source said. Apple previously planned 20 million units for the older iPhone models this quarter, but raised the figure to 25 million units, the individual said.”

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  1. The only reason I’d like to see iPhone sales drop is that maybe the, at the last, it will jolt Apple into better servicing and keeping updated their Mac line realizing every revenue source is an important one. Stop the neglect Tim, Phil, Jony and lazy Eddie!

    1. I will wholeheartedly second that! The first iPhone in 2007 fully loaded was $500, I bought it on day one. My two-year old SE fully loaded was $500. Absolutely no reason Apple cannot offer a budget conscious phone that will sell well in deplorable flyover country and countries like India. $1,200 for the flagship phone is way OVERPRICED! When a phone costs more than a computer, puhleeze! The price for owning an effete snob premium product is no longer in my budget. Thank you Tim, for nothing but GREED.

      The slow decline has begun…

  2. Apple has finally started to unravel. It’s no coincidence that in the quarter Apple is struggling to sell iPhones….low and behold ‘we won’t tell you how many we sold.’ Pfffft. They’ve made them too pricey for not just most folk..but the vast majority of folk. Especially when a phone like the 7 is still an excellent bit of kit for the average user. They’ll back track next year but will spin it..the iPhone 11 will be less expensive than the XS. MDNs straw poll speaks volumes..most people ain’t buying the margin driver. Enoughs enough timmy.

  3. Ist off. Nikkei is noting but a fud generator.. so chill and take everything they say with a huge grain of salt.
    2nd.. this years line up is the best i have seen in years.
    Whats all the complaining about?
    Iphone lineup is great.
    Macmini is back with full force.
    New macbook air is awesome.
    ’and the new iPad pros are absolutely to die for!

    Ok mac Pro is missing still along with promised displays..
    but we knew thise se are due in 2019( yes ignored too long, but thats the past )
    In the neanwhile there are the imacs… and imac pros are more than efficient enough for most power users.

    So lets chill and see the good , rather than roll with the old monentum mindlessly .

    One thing is for sure everyone:
    There will never be a time when everybody is happy with everything. Never!

    Tim is doing a great job for the most part.
    And Apple is listening and delivering. (For the the most part)

    Im happy with what i see.
    Do i have gripes.. you bet.
    But i see the good and i see the positive trend in the lineup.

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