A new report says that Apple Chip orders for iPhone and iPad have been lower in the second quarter than in previous years.
Apple's partners are supposed to get ready to produce the iPhone 7. Foxconn reportedly started to hire workers earlier than in past years. A report from Taiwan is raising question marks about the iPhone 7 production schedule.
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Chip orders from Apple have been relatively show in the second quarter, according to industry sources reports Digitimes. The sources added that there is still no sign of a substantial rise in chip orders from Apple for the third quarter.
There are about 4 month left for Apple's partners to mass produce the iPhone 7. If the reports are true than Apple is cutting it close. Apple might have optimized the production process for the iPhone over the past 9 years in a way that they only need a relatively short time to manufacture a new release.
The report continues that overall chip demand is slow for smartphones and tablets, not just from Apple. The demand for consumer electronics chips has picked up.
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As a result the IC foundries have cut back the outlook for Q3. Digitimes has a mixed track record and such industry insider report are to be taken with a grain of salt.