Apple Halting Mac Component Orders Due to Overestimated Demand?

Digitimes reports that Apple has essentially halted all component orders for its Mac product lines, apparently working through significant inventories of components delivered during an aggressive ramp-up late last year that may have proven overly aggressive.

The suppliers originally expected to finish digesting their Mac inventories in April, but are now stranded waiting for further instructions from Apple.

The sources revealed that Apple's Mac orders to the supply chain dropped to almost nothing after the Lunar New Year holidays. Apple had high hopes for its Mac product lines and placed aggressive orders at the end of 2012; however, the company is now badly affected by the decision.

The report claims that Apple generally provides shipment forecasts to its supply chain partners at the beginning of each quarter, but the company has not done so for the second quarter. The lack of information has reportedly left suppliers wondering when they will be able to resume production.

Just last week, Digitimes claimed that Apple is likely to refresh its notebook lineup at the end of the second quarter, so it seems that suppliers may need to start ramping up production for new models in the relatively near future.

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Apple frequently has to juggle its supply chain as it approaches product updates, seeking to accurately estimate consumer demand in order to deplete its existing inventories just as the new models are released. But if today's report is true, it seems that Apple may have overestimated customer demand for the early part of 2013 and is now finding itself with substantial inventories heading into its next round of product updates.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has also warned about reading too much into rumors from Apple's supply chain, noting that its "very complex" nature makes it difficult to accurately interpret what is actually going on from limited data points, even if that data is accurate.

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Top Rated Comments

CJK Avatar
145 months ago
Perhaps if said Macs were cutting edge in terms of performance and value instead of simply design, demand would not be an issue.

Just sayin'.
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lukarak Avatar
145 months ago
The biggest reason is that there's no real upgrades for people who want to replace their 3-4 year old machines. I'm currently running a 13'' MBP mid 2010, C2D 2.4 GHz, 128 GB SSD, 500 GB HDD, 16 GB of RAM and i can't see a clear upgrade.

MBP 13''? Why? Same screen, a little more processing power and SATA 3 for the SSD.

rMBP 13''? Again, why? Ok, much better screen, a little more processing power, but no 500 GB HDD and no 16 GB, 8 GB is the maximum.

This is fine for now. And will probably be for a few more years because it is not a numbercrunching machine.

And that is hurting Apple, and not just Apple but the whole PC industry. My desktop is a Hackintosh, i7-920, X58 motherboard, 24 GB of ram, all that, aside from RAM is from more than 4 years ago. Again, why upgrade? If it continues to function, I have no reason to upgrade for another 4 years.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JacinTatt Avatar
145 months ago
Stopped reading at "Digitimes."
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iSayuSay Avatar
145 months ago
Cut the price in half and it would be underestimated demand ;)
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Steve121178 Avatar
145 months ago
Everyone waiting for Haswell Macbooks.

No. The average Mac buying consumer or business user wouldn't know what Haswell is.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Steve121178 Avatar
145 months ago
And who are their sources? Are they even credible? :confused:

Mac's are not exactly flying off the shelves. Everyone's skint...
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)