Apple has slashed production of the iPhone 4S in preparation for a successor in autumn, an analyst has claimed.
Citing unnamed supply chain sources, Shaw Wu of Sterne Agee said orders for the iPhone 4S have been reduced to around 26 to 28 million for the current quarter, less than the average estimate of 30 to 31 million by analysts polled by the Wall Street Journal.
Although the company sold 35.1 million iPhones in the last quarter, the iPhone 4S was still relatively new then with no serious competition other than the ageing Samsung Galaxy S2.
However, demand is expected to dip as Samsung gears up for the launch of the Galaxy S3 later this month, which has already racked up more than 20 million pre-orders.
A recent Digitimes report has claimed the next iPhone is "to be launched in September" with Pegatron Technology enlisted for manufacturing detail.
Apple will host its annual Worldwide Developers Conference next month where it’s expected to unveil the sixth major edition of iOS.
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