Apple cuts orders for iPhone 5 parts on weak demand

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  • 3

    paulinusa

    The iPhone 5 was evolutionary, but at some point soon, they've got to come up with something revolutionary. Otherwise they lose sales and customers switch to the competition.

  • 2

    basroil

    Looks like all the naysayers are getting their numbers handed to them. Apple just isn't as "cool" as it used to be, and sales will continue to slip until it's just people who own the phone already (and locked into the system until their apps are no longer available to download, or another company offers free transition) are the only buyers and there are no new customers.

    Sadly, Apple's downright evil business practices are going to cost people their jobs, as well as seriously hamper Japan Display's ability to do business since plant reconfigurations are expensive and time consuming.

  • -1

    Seiryuu_Dan

    Life after Steve Jobs.... Well I never much like the iPhone, iPad and iPod anyway. I used to own iPhone 3GS, 4 and had used the 5 before. used to one iPad 3 and currently uses iPod Touch 4th Gen. always had problems with every one of them. mainly them not able to completely sync all my songs/playlist even though it did intermittently. SUCKS!

    don't like the Samsung devices much anyway, always had problems and my family and friends who owns Galaxy S2, S3 and Note currently have many problems as well. frustrating.

  • -7

    FPSRussia

    Apple is always shifting. It keeps up with consumers and their needs. It doesn't surprise me that iPhone 5 sales are slowing after introducing the Ipad Mini. This article is incomplete.

    You think you know but you don't know. That's what a buddy told me after toying with my Ipad Mini for a while. After using his iphone 5 he realized that his eyes were much more comfortable with the iPad Mini. He was also surprised that it's just as light, it not lighter.

    Voice calls are dead. Data is everything. The idea of anything "phone" will be non-existent by the time we hit 5G connection speeds. We are going to outgrow the size of our smartphones in order to do bigger and better things.

    You might want Apple out but they've made way too much money to be gone now.

    I won't touch Samsung btw. I'm sure they'll go the way of the doo doo bird. Just like Blackberry.

  • 5

    ballsahoy

    I have an iPhone 4s but don't feel the need to upgrade. The software is essentially the same and the hardware is only marginally different. Until Apple rethinks its pricing strategy, people aren't going to choose to upgrade when it is expensive to do so and the result is an incremental improvement.

  • -1

    hoserfella

    I see the usual suspects are once again anticipating Apple's downfall simply because the 5 may have been simply successful instead of wildly successful.

    Seiryuu_Dan - You "never much liked" the iphone , ipad and ipod, yet by your own admission have chosen Apple products again and again, having owned 5 of these devices so far. Is that not the definition of insanity?

  • 1

    kchoze

    With Steve Jobs gone, Apple has lost the Reality Distortion Field generator and it is slowly weakening. This means that less and less people look at Apple products as if they were sacred items and they look at them for what they are: simple consumer products.

    When that is done, people can't but compare Apple's offerings to the competition... and despite the mockeriesnfrom Apple's high-ups, they see that the competition isn't that bad. In fact, Apple focused on offering a smooth but simple user experience from the get-go, but its competitors now offer many more features and get smoother and better with each new release, while Apple's products receive only incremental changes, and not all for the best (Apple maps, anyone?), some outright ripped off of the competition (notification center). The iPhone 5 was finally an admission by Apple that the competition for the past two years had it right, bigger screens and faster connections to wireless networks are the future.

    Apple's offering is still high-quality, but it's just not as cool anymore, it's just mostly the same products that were released 3 or 4 years ago, just faster and with a better display... and more expensive than the top-end of the competition.

  • -4

    basroil

    hoserfellaJan. 15, 2013 - 12:44PM JST

    once again anticipating Apple's downfall simply because the 5 may have been simply successful instead of wildly successful.

    Dropping 3.5% literally overnight shows investors are very concerned. Nobody says Apple will just disappear, rather that it seems to be falling back into a lull like the one it had in the 1990s where innovation was sparse and they were living off their name (quite literally)

    People like Seiryuu and ballsahoy are starting to define the consumer base, which is high brand loyalty but low repurchase rates. They pretty much saturated the new user market with the 4s, so we'll only see a new uptick in a year or two when people replace their phones. They will probably be just fine coasting on the app store revenue, but that in itself is a disincentive for them to do anything radical that could generate a new market.

  • -1

    KnowBetter

    Apple's days of brain washing the masses of sheep are done. They can't sell what people don't want. Hmm, sounds like the U.S. car makers story doesn't it? History will always repeat its self sadly enough.

  • 1

    lostrune2

    iPhone is still a great smartphone, but there's now been a couple phone gen-cycles of other great smartphones too that built up credibility of the competition. When before, people here would gather around the first person to get the new iPhone. But nowadays, it's just "Good for you." When great smartphones can now do many of the same things as well, there's less envy between users.

  • -3

    basroil

    KnowBetterJan. 15, 2013 - 03:03PM JST

    They can't sell what people don't want. Hmm, sounds like the U.S. car makers story doesn't it?

    Actually sounds more like the Mini Cooper (which coincidentally can come with apple integration), decent hardware, but just not really practical when a daihatsu is cheaper and better performing. Sure it doesn't have the same name recognition, but people buy it instead because they would rather spend the remainder on something else.

  • 0

    papigiulio

    Owned a Ipod mini, and now an Iphone 4. I admit I dont hate the devices persee, just the brand. The iphones could be improved on so many levels it would make everyone much happier.

    As a previous commenter mentioned, synching. wtf, 5 generation phones and still crappy itunes sync. The prices are ridiculous, you pay more for the design than then actual contents. No delete button, only backspace..... etc etc, the list goes on.

  • -1

    Korlacan Khanthavilay

    Expecting people to buy a minor changed product every year simply isn't going to happen for very long. Especially when that new product doesn't work with all the accessories you had before. This gives people a nice escape route to try out different phones.

    iTunes can be used as a way to try to tie people to Apple products, but I have yet to find someone who didn't have music they could easily transfer around and it wasn't locked into iTunes. Also, iTunes sucks. It's a buggy, bloated software that needs to die. Works great on OSX, but blows on Windows.

  • 0

    sensei258

    My new HTC Butterfly J is what the iPhone 5 wants to be.

  • 0

    White_Shinobi

    Ive been neglecting my desktop since getting the 3GS... I could sacrifice flash and free things because well, i started making more money and felt sophisticated in buying what I wanted.

    Most apps turn out to be garbage set to stupid cattle like myself who give them a shot...

    No worries... Lol, write a bad review... And wah wah...

    Overtaken by glam, the other phones on the market just didnt spark my fancy, upon research... at the end of my 2 year 3gs contract with softbank... I was sucked into a campaign of ultra wifi, free ipad2 with my new 4s...

    Apple maps does suck... But one day my friend's gps in his car went out and the gps of apple maps was spot on amazing!!!

    Softbank had a buyback campaign on 4s, my 64 gig for 20000¥ ... I still owed 40000 on it... So i went to experience the floor model of the 5 before making an early leap.

    The 5 just feels cheap.... The materials that make it lighter feels like... I dunno, a "gatcha gatcha" toy? Lol! The screen size makes it feel more like holding a hockey stick than a phone... But the new blah blah inside... Blah blah might make my work easier!!!

    Then i looked at the plug... Oh NAW!!!! I've already got a Sony and an Onkyo speaker docking/charge station!!! 3 chargers in my house , adapters for my hdmi on my tv, 2 chargers at work... And the best part is... How much does each charger cost from softbank? At that time, you could only get hooked up from america to get the 30 pin adapters... Now they are everywhere... No thanks... I think four years of iPhone is enough...

    Mysterious disappearing recently added contacts to the address book... Mysterious volume up and sticking while you are lost trying to check maps, or trying to use your phone period! Wow!!! And the only place i can rant is on JT, because the Softbank/Au people say to go to the apple store... Apple store is never opened when you have time... So you must miss a day to take your phone in and you never get answered if u post your problems on their forums... Aside from the fixit guy thats an avid fan boy "get u some lima beans, duct tape , and a used match stick...." Lol wtf?!

    If i was a recent user and i was complaining... Shoganai... But 4 years... Thank you Apple... We had some good times right?

  • -1

    malfupete

    can always take a chance on the new Research in Motion - blackberry phones

  • 0

    LostinNagoya

    I agree that iPhone5 could have been a little more revolutionary and cheaper, instead of more expensive as happened in a lot of countries. But even facing problems. it is still the best out there. However the greatest problem is that all smartphones are saturated in terms of novelty. Of course they can have some silly features like most have, but users soon get bored and want the next thing, only that the next thing is even sillier and does not work well. I will stick to iPhones, I don't expect it to have useless novelties. Let the clunck-clunck to other brands.

    White-Shinobi: I hardly believe your story. The Lightning plug was news months before and during iPhone5 release.. and you just discovered it AFTER buying it? If you are that misinformed, well, then you are really misinformed.

  • -1

    basroil

    Apple stocks tumbled again today, already 2.5% under, down to 490

  • 0

    Chinchan Zu

    phone-cum-tablet.... say what?

  • 2

    zichi

    Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple has cut its iPhone 5 component orders by as much as half following “weaker-than-expected” demand for device. The news sent Apple’s stock price plummeting, but according to some analysts, there’s nothing to worry about. iPhone 5 demand is doing just fine, according to Sterne Agee’s Shaw Wu, and the component cuts are in no way related to poor demand. Rather than a result of weak demand, Wu insists Apple’s component cuts are simply due to ”much improved yields meaning lower component builds and supplier shifts.” “As far as we can tell, iPhone 5 demand remains robust,” Wu added.

    http://www.cultofmac.com/210375/iphone-5-demand-is-doing-just-fine-dont-worry-about-the-supply-cuts-analyst/#GhkphzP5UJVM5Ryy.99

  • -5

    jeff198527

    Apple and most other American companies are one- trick ponies.

  • -2

    basroil

    jeff198527Jan. 16, 2013 - 06:16AM JST

    Apple and most other American companies are one- trick ponies.

    Most companies are, period. There are plenty of companies in the US, like GE, Qualcomm, United Technologies, and more, that make more products in more areas than you can grasp your head around. I'm 100% certain that you use at least 30 things from each of those three companies at least indirectly, every day. Hell, if you're on the internet, you are using things designed by those companies and built by them or their subsidiaries.

  • -1

    Korlacan Khanthavilay

    How does he call Apple a one trick pony, if they came out with the iPod, then the iPhone, then the iPad. That's 3 things right there. Granted, it's the exact same thing, just in different sizes.

  • 0

    petterrock

    When that is done, people can't but compare Apple's offerings to the competition... and despite the mockeriesnfrom Apple's high-ups, they see that the competition isn't that bad. In fact, Apple focused on offering a smooth but simple user experience from the get-go, but its competitors now offer many more features and get smoother and better with each new release, while Apple's products receive only incremental changes, and not all for the best (Apple maps, anyone?), some outright ripped off of the competition (notification center). The iPhone 5 was finally an admission by Apple that the competition for the past two years had it right, bigger screens and faster connections to wireless networks are the future.

  • 0

    sfjp330

    Main problem for U.S., Japan, and European market is that smartphones are becoming increasingly saturated. Everybody who wants one have already has one. In another year or so, Apple's U.S. sales will start to decrease because most people will not upgrade as frequently unless there are significant feature changes. Only major growth for Apple is in China, India, and other emerging countries, but they have less disposable income.

  • -4

    basroil

    http://news.yahoo.com/reuters-ipad-display-supplier-slows-production-due-falling-125044481.html

    Apparently the problem is systemic in apple's case, now their once booming iPad also suffers from massive shortfalls in sales. Some analysts are looking for 40% drop in iPad sales, which is substantial. Also a sign that nobody really gives a hoot about the "retina" display.

  • 0

    Korlacan Khanthavilay

    Well, the regular iPad. No word on the iPad Mini. That's to be expected. I think we all saw that the iPad Mini would cannabalize normal iPad sales.

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