Apple plans to chop iPhone X manufacturing in half

Apple plans to chop iPhone X manufacturing in half

Apple plans to chop iPhone X manufacturing in half

The iPhone X, apple's first smartphone that featuring a OLED display, starts at $999. Among them will be the iPhone X Plus - X to the same iPhone, only with a larger display, as well as a number of internal changes. The production of iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 7 are steady at 30 million units in the first quarter of 2018.

Murata is one of the two makers of flexible printed circuit boards (FPCB) for the iPhone X, and a report in mid-October said the Japanese company was dealing with certain yield issues that may have contributed to the iPhone X's delay.

The US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating whether Apple broke the law by failing to disclose a software update that made older iPhone models function slower, Bloomberg reported, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter.

Apple confirmed in December that it had released software in 2016 that makes your phone operate more slowly to offset problems with its aging lithium ion batteries.

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Apple originally planned to produce at least 40 million units of the iPhone X, but that figure has now been reduced to 20 million due to slow sales. Murata Manufacturing, of Japan, reportedly said Apple has cut its supply orders, but not as severely as those of other iPhone X component providers.

Kantar said the US smartphone market is still controlled by Samsung and Apple, taking a combined share of 70.8 percent in the last three months of 2017. Apple could not also find another supplier that could guarantee a constant, reliable supply at lower costs.

"The full results for the last quarter of the year show that Apple's decision to release three new handsets over a staggered period, including the ultra high-end iPhone X, has been a sound one".

Interestingly, Apple might also opt to ditch the 3D Touch features that allow you to vary how hard you press down on the screen to open different menus. A new report from Nikkei claims that the company will cut production target in half for the months of January, February and March.

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