New reports from Asia suggest that Apple has cut back its chip and panel orders for its iPhone 5 as the launch of the next-generation iPhone, known as iPhone 5S or iPhone 6, grows nearer.
Adding to a mid-February note from Jefferies analyst Peter Misek that claimed Apple was slowing production of its iPhone 5 as it prepares to start building the new iPhone this month, a new report from Japanese site Nikkei claims that Apple has slashed iPhone 5 chip orders.
A second report from The Korea Economic Daily newspaper claims that Apple is expected to significantly reduce orders of its iPhone 5 displays due to "high inventory levels."
Reports that Apple is cutting iPhone 5 orders have been cropping up since the start of the year, with a report from the Wall Street Journal on 14 January claiming that iPhone display orders had dropped to about half of the number Apple had previously planned for the March quarter.
The report triggered Apple's share price to plummet below $500 per share, leading to stock manipulation accusations.
Stock prices fell again when a report on 20 February claimed that a recruitment freeze had been put in place across Foxconn factories in China as the company slows down the production of Apple's iPhone 5.
However, several additional reports have put the iPhone 5's order cut backs down to preparation for upcoming iPhones, with one analyst claiming that the company is readying for an innovative year that will see an 'evolutionary technology leap' arrive with the iPhone 6.