Apple has ramped up orders for components for iGadgets, figures reveal, adding fuel to reports that a new iPhone will be along imminently.
Figures from Apple’s 10-Q filing reveal that Apple’s expenditure on inventory components was up $1.15 billion during the second quarter – taking the company’s spending on parts to the highest level for four years.
According to analyst Maynard Um of Wells Fargo Securities, the uptick is consistent with Apple’s components order patterns preceding the launch of a new product.
Um said: “Historically, such increases have been followed by a solid ramp-up in revenue in the following 2-3 quarters.
“In our view, an increase in inventory component prepayment may suggest that Apple is securing supply for potential new product launches.”
So that’s conclusive, eh? We’ll definitely get an iPhone in October or September, right? Yes and no. What the numbers don’t tell us is what parts or even more generally what kind of components Apple is stocking up on.
That means that they’re as likely to be, say, larger screens or processors for the lesser-spotted iPad Mini as they are for the sixth-gen Apple handset that’s almost certainly not going be called the iPhone 5.
Either way, it seems we'll find out soon enough. In the meantime, keep up to date with all the latest iPhone rumours by checking out our handy, regularly updated round-up.
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