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Apple slashes planned iPhone 12 mini production for 1H

Total iPhone target for 2021 still at 230m units despite global parts shortage

Demand for the 5G-capable iPhone 12 mini has been far lower than Apple initially expected. (Photo by Rie Ishii)

TAIPEI -- Apple is slashing its planned production of the iPhone 12 mini for the first half of this year as part of a broader adjustment to output plans it formulated late last year, Nikkei Asia has learned.

The U.S. tech giant is cutting orders for all iPhones by around 20% compared to its plans in December, according to sources familiar with the matter, with the majority coming from the mini, its cheapest 5G-enabled phone. Late last year, Apple told suppliers to secure components and parts for up to 96 million handsets, including the entire iPhone 12 series -- its first 5G-enabled lineup -- for the first six months of 2021. The total also included older iPhone 11 and the iPhone SE models.

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