Feeds

Apple, HTC trim phone forecasts as markets tank

Fewer parts ordered as economocalypse looms

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

Apple and HTC may be locked in mortal patent combat, but they do agree on one thing: the world economy appears poised to slide into the crapper. Again.

The two dueling smartphone makers are among the handset vendors cutting back on chipset orders from Asian suppliers, according to sources speaking to the Taiwanese market watchers at DigiTimes.

Smartphone vendors, including Apple and HTC – the top Android-based smartphone vendor, with 35.9 per cent of that market, according to Nielsen – will hit their targets in the third quarter of this year, according to DigiTimes's sources, but the fourth quarter isn't looking quite as rosy.

At the end of 2010, HTC had projected that it would sell 50 million handsets in 2011. In the first quarter of this year, feeling bullish, it upped its projection to 70 million units. Now it has revised that projection downward to 50 to 60 million units.

Apple, sources say, is also cutting back. The Cupertinian reasoning, it appears, is simple: even the iPhone 5 – which today's rumeur du jour says will appear in early October – won't fly off the shelves in the event of Meltdown II, no matter how droolworthy it might be. ®

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

More from The Register

next story
Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax
Without representation, too. Time for a Boston (Lincs) Macbook Party?
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad
Apple's fondleslab is the tablet dermatitis sufferers won't want to take
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.