WSJ says Apple halved orders for the iPhone 5 display, is Android to blame?

by: ŠtefanJanuary 13, 2013

According to a report that was just filed by The Wall Street Journal, Apple has reduced orders for various components. Two sources specifically mentioned the iPhone 5 screen, saying that orders were cut in half. Another report, from the Japanese publication Nikkei, says exactly the same thing. Both articles cite weak iPhone demand, which is starting to make us think, are more people now considering buying Android phones? Look, we know that 75% of the smartphones sold in Q3 2012 were powered by Google’s mobile operating system, but most of us still wouldn’t recommend something like the Galaxy Note II to our parents. The iPhone may not do much by our standards, but it’s pretty damn easy to use. And unlike Windows Phone, the iPhone has a huge variety of applications.

What else could be responsible for this drop in orders? The first thing that comes to mind is the possibility that Apple might introduce a new iPhone during the first half of the year. This new phone, let’s call it the iPhone 5S, could have a screen that’s different from the iPhone 5, which would be a first. Ask just about anyone working in the technology industry what they think the iPhone 5S is going to look like, and they’ll tell you it’s going to look exactly like the iPhone 5 that’s currently on the market.

Why are we even covering this story? We always say that in order for Android to win, Apple doesn’t have to lose. We also repeatedly criticize people who hurl insults at Apple just for being Apple. Despite all that, we do like to point and laugh at Apple sometimes when things don’t go their way. It doesn’t happen all that often, but when it does … we’re ready to throw a few small tomatoes at the opposing side.

All in good taste, of course.

  • 1ceTr0n

    Apples fans finding out demand for iflunk5 is decreasing? Yeah, their heads woulds would assplode about that.

  • Apple iphones are twice as expensive as andriod products, yet twice as lame.

    • That’s a 4x increased ratio of fail!

    • kascollet

      What a thoughtfull analysis !

    • Adam Eldin

      Yes, but good it was a good unbiased mini-article in any case and i am glad for that

  • john

    Whilst I would like to think all those who used iPhones just realized the huge profit margin of Apple and how they were being ripped off…this kind of statistics does not really correlate all that well with the iPhone sales trend. I mean maybe Apple is trying out different screens for the next gen phone? Maybe they are looking for cheaper manufacturer who is not their sworn enemies-Samsung and LG. Maybe they are making a new revolutionary iPhone Shuffle or something ridiculous. OR MAYBE they are raising the price of the pre-existing iPhones astronomically so that they only need to sell half of it to make the same profit…soo many maybes.

    I think Android manufacturers should still be weary of Apple products and improve their phones as much as they can.

    • Tanvir

      Or may be next iPhone won’t have a display. How about that

      • john

        Hence “iPhone Shuffle” although I do not see how they can “shuffle” a phone, maybe the phone book itself?
        “Hey, who is this?”
        “Son, it’s your own mother, what the hell’s wrong with you.”
        “Sorry mum, it’s just this damn phone, can’t even see who I’m calling.”

  • philnolan3d

    I just helped my dad set up his new RAZR M tonight while his office mates still use iphones and blackberries.

    • 智 慧

      Tell him about Smart Actions (built into all RAZR phones) and Speak To It (Play Store app). The latter is what Siri wishes it could be.

      • philnolan3d

        I just emailed him the link to Verizon’s tutorial videos, one of which talks about Smart Actions. I use them on my RAZR Maxx. I use SpeakToIt as well, I’ll tell him about that when he starts getting into apps. Actually the first thing I’m suggesting he downloads is Lookout.

  • LG Splendor US730 GPS

    I suppose one of the reasons why iPhone 5 order were cut short is because it has some failures like the battery is draining too fast.

  • 智 慧

    i like the layer of class found in this article. I think i’m gravitating toward a feeling of “look, I love Android, but there’s plenty to go around for Windows Phone, iOS, Blackberry, etc. this is America (well, if you’re in America) and America is all about choice. so let’s celebrate choice.” Each has their strength and maybe the peaceful solution is to buy all of them (too bad we’re not all made out of cash. that’s a big issue) I still think Android will be alpha dog – it’s just a matter of time.

  • Ivan Budiutama

    well with the economic slowing down, is this even a surprise? People starting to look at the function and there are more phones offer similar function with much much lower price and considered better deal I guess.

  • Funny thing: I used to be an Apple fanboy. But being a student with such expensive taste for gadgets isn’t easy, and I ended up realizing that I wasn’t getting gold but rather an overpriced piece of aluminosilcate or unibody aluminum. So dropped my wishes for an iPad.. and GO GALAXY TAB 2 7.0 Jelly Bean!

  • No One

    I don’t see how they can cut the supply when they can’t even meet the current demand in Australia? All Aussie carriers are constantly out of stock for iPhone 5, iPad 4 and iPad Mini.

  • flamencoguy

    Be nice to Apple? Don’t hurl insults? Does Apple play nice trying to lock out the rectangle, slide to unlock, scroll bounce, tap to zoom? Big inventions huh? Fail on big stufff like maps!

  • Unfortunately this is just the beginning. Overpriced hardware and small screen. They only have themselves to blame.

  • Marvin Nakajima

    I’m going to guess that part of the reason could also be iPhone 4 users that have their 2yr contracts expiring balking at moving up to the iPhone5 with the new port and audio plug location. Why pay for the iPhone5 when the 4S is more affordable now and you don’t need to think about all the changes you have to make if you moved up to the 5.