Apple could be cutting its production on both notebooks and the iPhone according to Ars Technica. With the current economic downturn that’s not terribly surprising, though.
The news comes from Quanta, a Taiwanese OEM that Apple has outsourced a good portion of its production to. The company is suggesting that Apple may be cutting its notebook production by as much as 30%.
One element that is not clear in the report, however, is if Quanta is capable of Apple’s new manufacturing process for its Macbook and Macbook Pro lines. If not, that could easily explain any drop in orders to the Taiwanese OEM. If they can’t produce the new Macbook and Macbook Pros then that would leave them with only the Macbook Air, the white Macbook, and the 17 inch Macbook Pro to manufacture – easily cutting their orders.
It is also completely possible that Apple is merely trying to keep from having excessive inventory as sales are sure to decline, at least slightly, if the economy remains in turmoil.