Apple reportedly notified suppliers on Monday that it's cutting in half its iPhone X production target for the first three months of the year.
The company was planning to produce 40 million units of the iPhone X in the first quarter but has now revised the figure to 20 million, Nikkei reported without citing a source.
The report comes almost a week after an analyst said Apple will kill off the iPhone X when the second-generation model hits the market later this year. The iPhone X is the company's most expensive phone to date, with a price tag of $999 (£999, AU$1,579). Apple would prefer axing the current iPhone X over dropping its price so it doesn't sabotage sales of other models, said KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
It's the latest wrinkle in the mystery of just how well the iPhone X sold over the holiday period. The most premium version of the iPhone was the only model last year that received a significant facelift and new key features, including a facial recognition system. But it may have turned some customers away because of its extravagant price and the requirement to learn a new control scheme, given the missing home button.
The company is set to report its fiscal first-quarter earnings results on Thursday, offering us a glimpse into how consumers embraced the new iPhones.
Further complicating thing is another report from Kuo, who said Apple may release three iPhones later this year, a 5.8-inch and a 6.5-inch model with an OLED display, like the iPhone X, and a 6.1-inch iPhone with an LCD display. They're all supposed to get the TrueDepth camera and facial recognition system.
The company's production target for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 7 remains at 30 million units for the first quarter of the year, Nikkei reported, showing no change from when predictions were first published in November.
Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Smartest Stuff: Innovators are thinking up new ways to make you, and the things around you, smarter.
It's Complicated: This is dating in the age of apps. Having fun yet?