APPLE is cutting fourth-quarter orders for its new iPhone 5c from assemblers in Taiwan, reports the 'Wall Street Journal'.
One component supplier was notified of a 50pc cut in orders for parts, the newspaper reported.
Apple, the world's most-valuable technology company, began selling the iPhone 5c last month on the same day its more expensive iPhone 5s went on sale.
The new cheaper handset is a reconfigured version of last year's new device.
Kuo Mingchi, an analyst at KGI Securities in Taipei, cut his estimate for fourth-quarter shipments of the 5c by a third, citing weak orders.
Chinese technology news website CTech reported meanwhile that production had been halved.
Simon Hsing, a spokesman for Hon Hai, and Charles Lin, chief financial officer at Pegatron, both declined to comment on customer orders. Takashi Takebayashi, a Tokyo-based spokesman for Apple, didn't immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.
The phones go on sale here on October 25.