Apple’s iPhone 5 production yield rates have apparently improved in the past two weeks, as indicated by shortened standby period for pre-sale orders in the US and Europe, reports DigiTimes. The source believes Apple has ramped up the production as it plans to launch the handset in Taiwan and China on December 14, with total sales of the iPhone 5 expected to top 45 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.
According to industry source, some international wireless chipset suppliers have also claimed that “pull-in orders” from Apple are now increasing. Previously, Apple has been expected to sell 40 million iPhone 5 units by the end of 2012 but now, the estimate has been raised by 5 million units.
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, the sources noted.
Taiwan-based IC backend service providers including Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL), Adentec and STATS ChipPAC are also expected to perform better than expected in the fourth quarter, buoyed by orders from chipset vendors, said the sources.
The report also notes that Apple’s demand for parts and components will however plunge over 20% in the first quarter of 2013.