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iPhone 5 Production Rates Improve, Q4 Sales Expected to Top 45 Million Units

iPhone 5 Production Rates Improve, Q4 Sales Expected to Top 45 Million Units

Supply sources claim that production rates are improving for the iPhone 5, just in time for the popular device to make its debut in more than 50 additional markets during December.

Cult of Mac:

Now that Apple has caught up with demand, the handset’s shipping delay has been reduced from four weeks to just 2-4 business days. Suppliers now expect the Cupertino company to sell 45 million iPhone 5 units during the fourth quarter alone.

DigiTimes cites sources inside Apple’s supply chain. They are reporting that productions rates for the device are continuing to improve. Per that information, they have increased sales estimates by 5 million units. Good news for Apple, great news for its suppliers.

“Since some chipset suppliers have revealed that their sales are likely to reach the ceilings of their fourth-quarter guidance, there should be no problem for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to also reach its sales target of NT$131 billion (US$4.5 billion) set for the quarter,” DigiTimes reports.

Other suppliers, such as Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Siliconware Precision Industries, Adentec, and STATS ChipPAC should also see better than expected results in Q4.

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