Apple cancels production boost for iPhone XR: Nikkei

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Tung's remarks are tantamount to a denial of rumors that claimed Apple had lowered the proportion of iPhone XR orders allocated to Pegatron to 35%, and switched more orders to Foxconn Electronics, as Pegatron's production had been affected by shortages of labor and some key components.

However, it looks like the iPhone XR isn't selling as well as Apple might have hoped, according to a new report from Nikkei Asian Review. If that's true, we could easily see a new round of price hikes next year - Apple isn't going to stop milking the revenue train until it sees a net profit decline, and its decision to stop reporting unit sales means analysts won't be able to track whether the company is trading total sales for higher profits.

There are reports that Apple has pulled back plans for a major iPhone XR capacity boost, with Foxconn and Pegatron planning to deploy fewer manufacturing lines for Apple's cheapest premium phone.

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Meanwhile the iPhone 8 has profited significantly from the weakness of the iPhone XR.

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.

It may seem unusual to see an iPhone XS review on Android Authority, but it's hard to deny the iPhone's influence on the directions Android's gone over the years. It's possible iPhone XR demand isn't meeting Apple's expectations, but exactly the reason that's happening is hard to determine.

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"History has shown all kinds of statements made about Apple supply chain and the endless predictions of slowing of iPhone and other Apple product sales have been wrong", said Feinseth, who rates Apple's stock a "strong buy". Apple previously told Wistron to stand by for rush orders, but now the supplier will not receive any orders for the holiday season.

It's too early to tell if the iPhone XR will have a similar fate as the iPhone 5C.

Another point worth making is that in the past, Apple has found it hard to keep up with iPhone demand, resulting in shortages and long wait times.

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