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Apple cancels production boost for budget iPhone XR: sources

Dimmer outlook for new model contrasts with extra orders for older versions

Demand for the iPhone XR has been weaker than expected, based on Apple's discussions with suppliers.    © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Apple has signaled disappointing demand for the new iPhone XR, telling its top smartphone assemblers Foxconn and Pegatron to halt plans for additional production lines dedicated to the relatively cost-effective model that hit shelves in late October, sources say.

"For the Foxconn side, it first prepared nearly 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 familiar with the situation said.

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