Rumors are circulating that Apple has cut component orders for the iPhone 5 in half. According to the rumors, the reason for the component supply cut has to do with weak demand for the latest Apple smartphone. The rumors claim Apple sent word suppliers in December that it would be reducing the number of components ordered.
Among the components that have been reduced are the four-inch screens for the iPhone 5 ordered from Sharp and other Japanese LCD manufacturers. Considering that the four-inch screen has little use outside of Apple’s iPhone 5, cutting orders for that component could significantly affect screen providers.
The iPhone 5 has been criticized for being a miniscule upgrade compared to the previous generation of the device. Apple has also had high-profile disasters with its map application that has seen consumers defect to ever improving Android smartphones such as the Galaxy S III.
via Apple Insider