Apple’s iPhone 6s orders up to 30% lower than expected in Q1 2016

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Apple’s supply chain has confirmed that iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus orders are up to 30 percent lower than anticipated for Q1 2016, according to a new report. Sources say Apple has ordered 50-54 million fewer units than the same quarter last year.

“Makers in the iPhone supply chain are expected to see their orders fall short of expectations by 10-30% in the first quarter of 2016 as Apple has continued to adjust its inventory levels due to a slowdown in sales momentum,” reports DigiTimes.

Despite big innovations like 3D Touch and the Taptic Engine, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been criticized for being too much like their predecessors, and analysts warned that Apple could see weaker demand this year as fans hold out for the iPhone 7 series.

Recent rumors claimed that orders could be as much as 30 percent lower during the first quarter of this year, and now that’s being backed up by Apple’s supply chain. The Wall Street Journal also reported this week that Apple partner Foxconn has been forced to lay off staff as a result.

DigiTimes Research expects total iPhone shipments to drop 5.2-10.1 percent on-year during Q1 2016.

Some reports have claimed we’ll get an iPhone 6c this spring, but most will be waiting for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which are expected to bring new designs that are water-resistant, wireless charging, Apple’s latest A10 processor, and more.

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