Apple slows iPad 2 production in preparation for iPad 3, report claims

By on November 17, 2011 at 8:10 AM.

Apple slows iPad 2 production in preparation for iPad 3, report claims

Apple’s panel suppliers have reportedly been told to decrease display shipments for the iPad 2 as orders from the Cupertino, California-based company slow in the fourth quarter. Samsung, LG Display and Chimei Innolux have all seen panel orders from Apple decline in the fourth quarter according to a report from DigiTimes, which could leave a huge surplus of parts in the supply chain. The report states that Apple is controlling iPad 2 panel orders to make way for its next-generation iPad model, for which displays began shipping in October. Apple sold more than 11 million iPad tablets in the third quarter, and the report claims Apple’s manufacturing partners could ship as many as 15-16 million units in the holiday quarter. More →

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Amazon ups Kindle Fire orders on strong demand

By on November 10, 2011 at 8:00 AM.

Amazon ups Kindle Fire orders on strong demand

Amazon has reportedly increased Kindle Fire orders with its manufacturing partners following stronger than expected demand for its premier tablet. DigiTimes reports that more than 5 million units are now on order in 2011 as pre-orders for the $199 tablet remain strong; the online retailer took nearly 100,000 pre-orders on the first day of pre-sales availability alone. Amazon had already increased its orders last quarter according to the site’s anonymous industry sources, from 3.5 million to 4 million units. The Kindle Fire will launch on November 15th featuring a 7-inch display, a soft-touch case and deep integration with numerous Amazon services, granting users access to streaming music, streaming movies and of course, a huge library of eBooks. More →

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Apple reportedly slashes Q4 iPhone 4S orders on weaker than expected demand

By on November 9, 2011 at 11:01 AM.

Apple reportedly slashes Q4 iPhone 4S orders on weaker than expected demand

Apple sold more than 4 million iPhone 4S handsets in the smartphone’s first weekend of availability but according to a new report, Apple thinks demand for its latest phone will stall in the fourth quarter. DigiTimes on Wednesday reported that Apple has cut fourth-quarter iPhone 4S parts orders with its suppliers. The report’s anonymous sources claim that some amount of production volume has been moved from the fourth quarter this year to the first quarter in 2012 due to weaker than expected demand and short supply of some key components. Read on for more. More →

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Apple maintains big margins on iPhone 4S according to UBM analysis

By on October 6, 2011 at 7:00 AM.

Apple maintains big margins on iPhone 4S according to UBM analysis

Apple is looking at another big-margin device launch next week when the tech giant’s fifth-generation iPhone finally hits store shelves on October 14th. Market research and intelligence firm UBM TechInsights on Wednesday estimated that Apple’s 32GB iPhone 4S carries a materials cost of $203 per handset for the Cupertino-based company. UBM arrived at that number by using component costs from its iPhone 4 teardown as a base and then making slight adjustments for known changes in iPhone 4S components, such as the new A5 processor. Apple’s Canadian website states that the MSRP for its iPhone 4S starts at $649 (CAD, though Apple’s pricing in Canada and the U.S. are aligned in most cases), so presuming the company will stay true to form and add $100 to the MSRP of the 32GB model, Apple is looking at a margin of roughly $546 when taking only build of materials (BOM) into account. After additional expenses, however, Apple still looks to have another solid money-maker on its hands. UBM TechInsights’ full press release follows below. More →

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Apple iPad 2 order cuts in Q4 reportedly confirmed

By on September 27, 2011 at 4:30 PM.

Apple iPad 2 order cuts in Q4 reportedly confirmed

Claims that surfaced on Monday suggesting Apple had cut iPad 2 orders for the fourth quarter have reportedly been confirmed. JP Morgan analysts Mark Moskowitz and Gokul Hariharan wrote in a note to investors on Monday that Apple had reduced its fourth-quarter iPad 2 orders from 17 million to 13 million units, suggesting that demand for Apple’s market-leading iPad might finally be waning. Some speculated that a portion of iPad production may have moved to Foxconn’s new factory in Brazil while others suggested that the report was not accurate, and JP Morgan’s Moskowitz would later issue a second note backtracking on the firm’s earlier statements. But should he have been so quick to fold? Read on for more. More →

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Apple reportedly cuts iPad orders by 25% for Q4 – or production shifts to Brazil

By on September 26, 2011 at 9:00 AM.

Apple reportedly cuts iPad orders by 25% for Q4 – or production shifts to Brazil

Apple has reportedly cut its fourth-quarter iPad orders to China-based manufacturing partners by 25%, JP Morgan analysts Mark Moskowitz and Gokul Hariharan wrote in a research note on Sunday. According to Bloomberg, JP Morgan expects Hon Hai’s iPad 2 production to drop from 17 million units to 13 million units in the fourth quarter as a result of the cut, though Moskowitz did not adjust his earlier iPad shipment projections of 10.9 million units and 12 million units in the third and fourth calendar quarters as a result. Read on for more. More →

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IPhone 5 display defect could lead to short supply at launch

By on September 23, 2011 at 9:11 AM.

IPhone 5 display defect could lead to short supply at launch

A defect found in some iPhone 5 display panels may result in short supply next month, suggesting that Apple’s iPhone launch may once again be marred by angry customers unable to get their hands on Apple’s latest and greatest. DigiTimes reported on Friday that Apple display supplier Wintek has identified a defect called a “delayed bubble” in some display panels may affect its ability to meet Apple’s supply demands. Read on for more. More →

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RIM reportedly slows PlayBook production

By on September 21, 2011 at 8:20 AM.

RIM reportedly slows PlayBook production

Research In Motion is reportedly slowing production of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet following its second-quarter earnings report, during which the vendor stated that only 200,000 PlayBooks were sold into sales channels in the quarter. RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie confirmed on the company’s earning call that the PlayBook would begin to see price reductions, and the beginnings of RIM’s effort to push PlayBooks off store shelves can likely be seen in an employee-only sale at Rogers. According to a new report, however, RIM isn’t overly optimistic that its efforts with the PlayBook will pay off. Read on for more. More →

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Apple to ship more than 20 million iPad 2 tablets in Q3

By on September 9, 2011 at 10:11 AM.

Apple to ship more than 20 million iPad 2 tablets in Q3

Those who follow technology press closely were disappointed to learn that a revamped iPad rumored to launch this fall — possibly a “Pro” model with a Retina Display — is likely not going to become a reality. Apple never made any official mention of the device, of course, so we have no way of knowing whether or not earlier rumors were accurate. What we can seemingly say, however, is that consumers don’t seem to care. Apple continues to sell iPad 2 tablets as fast as its manufacturing partners can ship them, and a new report from Taiwan Economic News on Friday suggests Apple continued to see unprecedented demand so far this quarter. Read on for more. More →

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iPhone 5 shipments to approach 30 million units this year

By on September 8, 2011 at 11:10 AM.

iPhone 5 shipments to approach 30 million units this year

Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn has reportedly ramped up iPhone 5 production as the next-generation smartphone finally approaches launch next month. Citing anonymous industry sources, DigiTimes on Thursday reports that production of Apple’s fifth-generation iPhone has reached 150,000 units per day. An earlier report stated that Foxconn will be responsible for approximately 85% of iPhone 5 production while Pegatron will handle the remaining 15% of production, though DigiTimes now reports that Pegatron will not begin building iPhone 5 handsets until next year. According to the site’s sources, Foxconn will ship between 5 million and 6 million iPhone 5 handsets this month, and fourth-quarter shipments are expected to surpass 22 million units. It is estimated that Apple will ship between 86.4 million and 95 million iPhone smartphones this year, making Apple the top global smartphone vendor by shipment volume. More →

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Details on new battery suggest thinner, lighter iPad 3 design

By on September 6, 2011 at 2:30 PM.

Details on new battery suggest thinner, lighter iPad 3 design

Apple has secured Simplo Technology Co. and Dynapack International Technology Corp. to supply battery packs for the vendor’s upcoming iPad 3 tablet, Taiwan Economic News reported on Tuesday. According to the report, the new batteries will be thinner and lighter than the modules used in Apple’s current iPad 2 models, and Apple’s cost for the power packs will apparently jump by between 20% and 30% as a result. The report also states that Apple’s new iPad 3 batteries will feature a longer service life than the previous-generation packs used in the iPad 2. A thinner, lighter battery could mean Apple is conserving space for a new beefier Retina Display, or it could mean Apple is slimming down the iPad 3 case from the iPad 2’s already-svelte 0.34-inch-thick profile. Apple is expected to launch the iPad 3 early next year. More →

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iPhone 5 manufacturing kicks off without iOS 5, report claims

By on September 5, 2011 at 11:10 AM.

iPhone 5 manufacturing kicks off without iOS 5, report claims

Apple’s manufacturing partners have reportedly begun assembling the iPhone 5 according to a new report from Macotakara, which has a mixed track record. The report follows news from this morning that German Apple carrier partner Deutsche Telekom has already begun pre-sales of the next-generation Apple smartphone. Foxconn, which will supposedly handle roughly 85% of iPhone 5 production, and Pegatron, which has picked up a contract for the remaining 15%, are said to have ramped up assembly ahead of Apple’s official announcement of the device, which is expected as soon as next week. Citing information from an anonymous source, the report also notes that finished devices are not yet being packaged, as the release build of iOS 5 has not yet been finalized. More →

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Apple iPhone shipments could approach 100 million this year

By on August 15, 2011 at 7:45 PM.

Apple iPhone shipments could approach 100 million this year

Apple has placed orders with its manufacturing partners for as many as 26 million iPhone 5 handsets in the second half of 2011 as it prepares for a massive launch this fall. In addition to Apple’s iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 models, this could bring the vendor’s second-half iPhone shipments up to 56 million units, DigiTimes reported on Monday. Tack that massive figure onto the 18.65 million iPhones Apple shipped in the fiscal second quarter and the 20.34 million units shipped in the fiscal third quarter, and Apple could potentially ship just under 100 million iPhone handsets this year. Apple is expected to unveil at least one new iPhone model in the coming weeks, which will then go on sale in late September or early October. More →

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