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Apple warns suppliers of 20% drop in new iPhone parts orders

Sources say US company prepares two OLED models earlier to avoid repeat of last year's delays

A visitor uses his iPhone X to take photos of the stage at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference on June 4 in the U.S. state of California.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Apple has asked its supply chain to prepare around 20% fewer components for iPhones debuting in the latter half of 2018, taking a cautious approach toward smartphone shipments compared with last year's orders, industry sources say.

"Apple is quite conservative in terms of placing new orders for upcoming iPhones this year," one of the four sources, who is in the supply chain, told the Nikkei Asian Review. "For the three new models specifically, the total planned capacity could be up to 20% fewer than last year's orders."

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