Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Apple reportedly cancels production boost for the iPhone XR

Apple reportedly cancels production boost for the iPhone XR

As a result, Apple has reportedly cancelled the production boost that it was likely to give after the smartphone hit the shelves.

Thanks in part to the release of exciting new models like the iPhone XS and XS Max during the third quarter, Apple is still growing its market share in the United States according to newly released data from Kantar Worldpanel.

Apple has informed several of its suppliers that expectations should be tempered for orders of the Apple iPhone XR.

Foxcomm originally planned to use 60 production lines for the handset but will only use 45 now.

A source familiar with the matter said: "for the Foxconn side, it first prepared almost 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".

Cutting back on the XR could just mean the XS and XS Max are selling even better than Apple expected, and it's ramping up some iPhone 8/8 Plus production to meet the needs of those who aren't choosing to upgrade to the new paradigm just yet.

The iPhone XR, meanwhile, is having its demand outlook cut by around 20% to 25%, according to the Nikkei source.

Pegatron the Taiwanese manufacturer company has also stopped the production plans of the iPhone XR. Instead, insiders in the supply chain claim, there'll be no need for its iPhone XR manufacturing capacity to meet Apple's holiday season forecasts.

Last year, Apple had to face one of the most controversial year endings when the infamous performance throttling feature was discovered to bog down older iPhones. These phones are about 20 percent less expensive than the iPhone XR.

Apple also stoked worries about iPhone sales last week when it said that beginning this quarter, it will no longer break down unit sales for iPhones, iPads and Macs.

Last Friday, Apple shares had fallen sharply, dragging the U.S. tech major's market value below $1 trillion after the company forecast softer-than-expected sales for the holiday quarter and fueled nerves over iPhone sales by saying it would no longer release the figures.

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