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APPLE BACKTRACKS ON PRODUCTION BOOST AS iPHONE 14 SALES UNDERWHELM

Apple backtracks on production boost as iPhone 14 sales underwhelm

 

Bloomberg28 September 2022

 

Apple Inc. is backing off plans to increase production of its new iPhones this year after an anticipated surge in demand failed to materialise, according to people familiar with the matter.

 

The Cupertino, California-based electronics maker has told suppliers to pull back from efforts to increase assembly of the iPhone 14 product family by as many as 6 million units in the second half of this year, said the people, asking not to be named as the plans are not public.

 

Instead, the company will aim to produce 90 million handsets for the period, roughly the same level as the prior year and in line with Apple’s original forecast this summer, the people said.

 

Demand for higher-priced iPhone 14 Pro models is stronger than for the entry-level versions, according to some of the people. In at least one case, an Apple supplier is shifting production capacity from lower-priced iPhones to premium models, they added.

US stock-index futures turned lower after the news, with contracts on the Nasdaq 100 falling as much as 1.3%.

Key chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. fell as much as 1.8%, Apple’s biggest iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. was down as much as 2.4% and specialised producers Largan Precision Co. and LG Innotek Co. both slumped by more than 7%.

Apple had upgraded its sales projections in the weeks leading up to the iPhone 14 release and some of its suppliers had started making preparations for a 7% boost in orders.

An Apple spokesperson declined to comment.

China, the world’s biggest smartphone market, is in an economic slump that’s hit its domestic mobile device makers and also affected the iPhone’s sales.

Purchases of the iPhone 14 series over its first three days of availability in China were 11% down on its predecessor the previous year, according to a Jefferies note on Monday.

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