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IPhone XR sales reportedly kill production boost plan

IPhone XR sales reportedly kill production boost plan

The iPhone XR has received glowing reviews from users and the press, but the phone is still one of Apple's pricier models-which may be affecting demand. This has led the company to cancel a so called "production boost" for the model. Reportedly, Apple has instructed three separate suppliers to either reduce or completely eliminate production expectations for the new device.

"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".

The report, in Nikkei, states that demand for the iPhone XR has been "disappointing". However, it is now using only around 45 lines and does not require any additional production capacity.

Apple's $749 iPhone XR became available for sale on October 26.

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"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", a source told the Japanese financial paper. What this means in practice is that Foxconn will make around 100,000 fewer units each day to reflect the new demand outlook. The fact that it still offered Face ID, the Apple A12 Bionic processor, and a camera - albeit single, not dual - the same as that of the iPhone XS also impressed reviewers.

It's worse news for Wistron, which had been warned to ready itself for a potential rush of holiday orders. And at a starting price of $749, it's the most affordable new iPhone on store shelves. Apple has ordered around 5 million more units of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus from suppliers, raising the total order to 25 million units this quarter, said the Nikkei report. The publication notes that Apple had previously planned 20 million units for the older iPhone models this quarter, but raised the figure to 25 million units.

According to the report, Apple is now requesting more production of the older iPhone models including iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.