Reuters is reporting that an unnamed source told (Google Translate) Taiwan-based newspaper Economic Daily News that Apple is planning to cut iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus production by nearly fifty percent in November and December.

Apple’s shares fell 1.5 percent in premarket trading on Thursday.

“Analysts believe Apple is likely to focus more on iPhone X, which looks radically different with an edge-to-edge display, and will retail from $999, boosting its margins,” reads the report.

Apple no longer reports iPhone opening weekend sales, leaving us with mostly unreliable analyst estimates and supply chain checks. As an example, KeyBanc Capital Markets analyst John Vinh reported earlier this week that a carrier store survey suggested iPhone 7 was outselling iPhone 8 just a month after the latter’s launch.

Notably, the analyst based his conclusion on surveying a single carrier store, which is hardly representative of market trends. Deutsche Bank analysts, however, are not concerned about possible iPhone 8 production cuts.

“We think the market could have over-focused on the production swing in different SKUs, but overlooked that the overall iPhone production is largely on track,” they wrote. Apple is probably going to cut iPhone 8 production in order to shift manufacturing capacity toward iPhone X which, as you know, is scheduled to launch on November 3.

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    I better get an iPhone 8 Plus before Apple decides to stop production of those units altogether.

    I sure hope the all-screen no-bezel iPhone X form factor doesn’t become the standard from here on out because that’ll really put me off from getting newer iPhones.

    • burge

      Why wouldn’t Apple focus on the edge to edge design. Why would Apple focus on this form factor for a one off design. The iPhone 8 has not had great sales because of the coming iPhone X and if the 7 is out selling the 8 that’s only because the device is cheaper but still a great device. This style of iPhone that currently available will cease to be unless Apple make this design type cheaper for consumers to purchase.

      • There is no proof (sales numbers) to back up your claim that the reason the 8 has sold less than the 7 is because of the X. The aggressive carrier deals last year played a key role in the sales of the iPhone 7. This year they aren’t as enticing and with the cost of the X, consumers more than likely will not see any cost benefit for purchasing an X until next year’s iPhone refresh. There are plenty of people who still appreciate the large bezels/form factor of the 8 and don’t desire the same kind of innovation we do.

      • burge

        You have forgot that not all users of this forum are in the US. No carrier deals here for the 7.

        And the proof you need is.

        I also help a mobile network with customer issues and this year there has not been any issues with customers not getting the iPhone 8 on time ( low pre order numbers and the network has this device in stock just like Apple and all the other networks that never happens )
        Every year except this year there is not one customer asking where’s my iPhone and when the X starts shipping I can tell you now that the “WHERES MY IPHONE” thread will start.

        The 8 has had low pre order levels as customers are waiting for the X and that’s fact.

    • efrds

      ? I really don’t understand why you hate the bezel-less iphone ? I know it’s your choice ofc. However, I think bezel-less devices are the future (tv, phones, laptops, tablets, etc). In top of that, I think the iPhone Plus always had an ugly design (even though I own a 6s plus). I find the design of a non-plus iPhone more attractive (like 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) . But, without these bezels I would definitely prefer much more my 6s plus, which I honestly find too big for its screen (it’s not handy at all). I know, it’s my opinion and I don’t want to offense you at all. I just want to know why you prefer those bezels much more without considering the price of the iPhone X and the fact that the touch id might come back next year.

      • TechnoBuff

        On another note, i agree with your view that touchID might come back next year.. which makes me wonder for the future of iphone X a year and half after its release.

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        The reason why I prefer the bezels is because it feels familiar and I like having a home-button of some kind, at least the newer home buttons of that of the iPhones 7 and 8. Mainly due to the fact that I find TouchID to be a fantastic feature and the best that any technology manufacturer has ever implemented in a device (along with MagSafe but look what happened to that with the new MacBook Pros). It’s the perfect and most practical solution from every aspect from convenience to security. Third, would be the battery life, being that the phone is entirely screen and the form factor is still about the same size of iPhones 6,7,8 (4.7inch) makes it more of a drag for the battery. Yes I know, new power efficient chips, yet still, having a physically bigger battery is almost always better (which is why I go for the Plus size phones). A “strength in numbers” type situation. Fourth and finally, that notch looks awful and i can only imagine how landscape viewing is going to look with that notch glaring either from one side or the other.

        If Apple continues to offer 3 iPhones every year (an X bezeless-type phone, a standard 4.7 and 5.5 or Plus-size phone) then I’ll always go for the Pluses.

    • TechnoBuff

      Apple’s future is the bezel-less design as most phones out there. Bezel-less is the new standard for phone screens moving forward and thinner bezels and size will be the new differentiating factors moving forward.
      You had better stock up on iPhone 7s or 8 for the foreseeable future. Even the Iphone SE will cease to exist at some point soon.

    • Blip dude

      Sadly, because many people think they need a bazeless design, I wouldn’t be surprised. Doesn’t help that every stupid YouTube reviewer pretty much bashed the 8 because apparently it’s going to be “obsolete” in 2 months even though it’s not really going to be different than the iPhone X where it matters.

  • n0ahcruz3

    It’s either the X or 7 for consumers getting the 8 doesn’t make any sense. Consumers that want an iPhone but on a budget, will get the 7 instead of the 8 because they have identical design with little changes and 7 is alot cheaper. And i bet majority here including yours trully lol will get the X because of the new design with better software and hardware features compared to the 8 although it’s expensive, however it has new design so we dont want a design thats been rehashed since 2014

    • Blip dude

      Pff, I went from a 6S Plus to 8 Plus even though I’m tight on budget.

      Main reason?? F***ing Apple f****ed over anyone who wanted a 64GB iPhone 7 by only having 32GB and 128GB options, where the price difference on the 7 Plus and 8 Plus wasn’t much. I have absolutely no regrets over getting an 8 Plus. It’s an upgrade I didn’t want but needed. It does 80% of what the features the X will have, and actually has all day battery life and $200 cheaper.

      At the end of the day, I rather have the phone I need than to save a C note for a compromise on something I didn’t even want.

      • n0ahcruz3

        After Reading your last paragraph, i do think you should’ve went for the 7plus 128gb lol i mean u stated that it’s something that u need and not want. 7plus and 8 plus are very much identical design wise and feature wise ofcourse there’s the minor camera upgrade, processor upgrade and wireless charging.

  • malhal

    Time for a poll?

  • Woz A Nater

    Waiting for iPhone X Plus.