Analyst Mike Abramsky at Investment Bank RBC Capital Markets has issued a note to investors detailing two key manufacturing changes regarding Apple hardware. According to the unconfirmed report, Apple recently increased Q4 manufacturing orders for its iPad ahead of the holidays. The adjustment will bring manufacturing totals to 40 million units, and Apple plans to have the same number of iPads built in 2011. Abramsky goes on to suggest that Apple has decreased the number of Verizon Wireless-compatible CDMA iPhone models it will order in 2011. As a result of the change, RBC has trimmed 33% from its 2011 Verizon iPhone sales projections — cutting its forecast from 30 million to 20 million.

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Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than a decade, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.