Feeds

iPHONE 5c FACTORY SHUTDOWN: Foxconn 'halts' mobe rebrand op

New claim: Colorful plastic gear spurned for bling-ified iPhone 5s

The essential guide to IT transformation

Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn is shutting down production of the iPhone 5c in one of its factories in order to shift production to the higher-end iPhone 5s, sources claim.

The supply-chain sleuths at DigiTimes say Foxconn is planning to cease production of Apple's plastic, multicolored mobe at its facility in Zhengzhou, China, and concentrate instead on building the higher-end iPhone 5s.

The move comes not long after Cupertino ramped down manufacture of the iPhone 5c, reportedly due to weak demand for the less-expensive handset.

Currently, Foxconn is believed to be responsible for about 30 per cent of all iPhone 5c orders, with the majority being handled by Taiwanese competitor Pegatron.

Those orders are considerably slimmer than Apple expected, however. In October, the fruity firm cut its iPhone 5c order from Pegatron by a third and told Foxconn to slow down production by 20 per cent.

Meanwhile, customers have been gobbling up the iPhone 5s by the bucketload, with fanbois worldwide preferring the higher-end model to the iPhone 5c by a ratio of more than two to one. Sales of the 5c have been strongest in the US, but even customers in Apple's home market favor the top-of-the-line model.

According to the analysts at DisplaySearch, that imbalanced demand has caused Apple to increase production of the iPhone 5s by as much as 75 per cent, even as it has decreased orders of the 5s's plasticky cousin.

Foxconn declined to comment on its plans and Apple said it does not comment on suppliers. ®

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

More from The Register

next story
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
Super Cali signs a kill-switch, campaigners say it's atrocious
Remote-death button bad news for crooks, protesters – and great news for hackers?
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Will It Blend? Maybe. BlackBerry’s secret comeback weapon
The Desktop PIM buddy: A 1990s idea finally done right?
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Scale data protection with your virtual environment
To scale at the rate of virtualization growth, data protection solutions need to adopt new capabilities and simplify current features.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?