Apple expected to cut iPhone 6S, 6S Plus production: Nikkei

January 5, 2016 01:39 PM

Apple Inc is expected to cut production of its latest iPhone models by about 30% in the January-March quarter, the Nikkei reported.

As inventories of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus have piled up since they were launched last September, production will be scaled back to let dealers go through their current stock, the business daily reported.

Apple's shares were down 2.2% at $102.97 in afternoon trading. The stock has lost about a quarter of its value from record highs in April, reflecting worries over slowing shipments. 

"This is an eye-opening production cut which speaks to the softer demand that Apple has seen with 6S out of the gates," FBR Capital Markets analyst Daniel Ives said. "The Street was bracing for a cut but the magnitude here is a bit more worrisome."

Shares of Apple suppliers Skyworks Solutions, Qorvo Inc and Cirrus Logic, among others, also fell following the report.

Other companies affected include Sony Corp, which makes image sensors used in iPhones, and electronic parts makers TDK Corp, Alps Electric Co Ltd and Kyocera Corp, the paper reported.

LCD panel manufacturers Japan Display Inc, Sharp Corp and LG Display Co Ltd also will be hit by the cut in production, according to the report.

Production is expected to return to normal in the April-June quarter, the Nikkei reported.

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