Nikkei: Apple raises iPhone 11 production by about 10%

Customers test the new iPhone 11 during the opening of Mexico’s first flagship Apple store in Mexico City, Mexico in this September 27, 2019 file photo. (Reuters)
Updated 04 October 2019

Nikkei: Apple raises iPhone 11 production by about 10%

  • The recent surge in iPhone orders is concentrated in the cheapest iPhone 11 model and the iPhone 11 Pro model
  • Apple launched its three new iPhone models in September and reduced the starting price of the model upgrade

Apple has asked suppliers to increase production of its iPhone 11 models by up to 8 million units, or about 10 percent, Nikkei Asian Review reported on Friday, citing better than expected demand.
“Previously, Apple was quite conservative about placing orders,” which were less than for last year’s new iPhone, said the Nikkei quoting a source.
“After the increase, prepared production volume for the iPhone 11 series will be higher compared to last year.”
Sources cited by Nikkei said that the recent surge in iPhone orders is concentrated in the cheapest iPhone 11 model and the iPhone 11 Pro model, while Apple has slightly revised down orders for its top range model, the iPhone 11 Pro Max, which has a starting price of $1,099.
The newspaper also reported that suppliers remain cautious and said they were concerned that the higher level of orders would not be sustained.
“Demand is good for now. But we have to be careful not to be too optimistic,” an executive-level source said in the report. “I hope that this year’s peak season lasts longer than last year.”
Apple did not respond to a Reuters request for comment outside regular US business hours.
The company launched its three new iPhone models in September and reduced the starting price of the model upgrade, despite better cameras, to $699, compared to $749 for last year’s iPhone XR.


Emirates Skycargo deploys capacity to supply food, medicines in UAE

Updated 39 min 58 sec ago

Emirates Skycargo deploys capacity to supply food, medicines in UAE

  • The UAE imports 90 percent of its food
  • The cargo organization said it transported between mid-January and mid-March more than 225,000 tons of cargo

DUBAI: Emirates Skycargo said on Wednesday that it deploys capacity to supply and replenish food and medicines in the UAE, as rulers role out strategies to sustain the country amid the coronavirus pandemic, Reuters news agency reported.

The national cargo organization said it transported between mid-January and mid-March more than 225,000 tons of cargo in total out of which 55,000 tons were food items including fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood, and more than 13,000 tons were pharmaceutical. 

Since the UAE imports 90 percent of its food, food security is a top priority. The annual food security costs of the country is $3.53 billion annually.

Earlier this week the UAE announced a strategic food security law that ensures adequate and uninterrupted food supplies through wholesalers and retailers across the UAE at all times, Khaleej Times reported. 

The law seeks to regulate the strategic stock of food commodities in the country in the event of crises, emergencies and disasters and offers incentives and facilities to registered providers and merchants.