Apple reportedly reducing iPhone 5c orders from suppliers and boosting iPhone 5s ordersAlex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
Nearly one month after its official debut, Apple is reportedly tweaking its orders from suppliers for the new iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. That's according to sources speaking to the Wall Street Journal, who say that Apple has told component supplier Pegatron that it was cutting its fourth quarter shipments of the iPhone 5c by under 20 percent while also cutting orders from supplier Hon Hai by a third. Meanwhile, two Hon Hai executives claim that Apple has increased its orders for the iPhone 5s for the fourth quarter.
Rumors of Apple reducing its orders of the iPhone 5c, as well as all of the recent retailer promos for the device, have led some to suggest that consumer demand for the colorful handset could be low. However, it's also possible that the Cupertino firm ordered too many units to start with and that the 5c is a device that'll see lower but steadier sales throughout its life rather than a huge initial boom. Unfortunately for anyone that'd like more clarity on the situation, Apple is unlikely to ever make an official comment on this report or its specific iPhone 5c sales.
As for the iPhone 5s, many consumers will likely be glad to hear that Apple may be beefing up orders for its latest flagship smartphone. The device is still somewhat hard to come by nearly a month after its launch, with Apple's official online store quoting a two to three week wait for shipments of new orders. An increase in orders for the fourth quarter could make iPhone 5s inventory a bit more plentiful this holiday season, which is something that I'm sure will please both folks shopping for others and those that have been waiting to get the 5s as a gift to themselves.