Towards the end of Apple’s earnings call earlier today, Tim Cook and CFO Peter Oppenheimer fielded a number of questions from analysts. Some of these questions addresses some of the most recent rumors including the recent 4.8-inch iPhone rumors, the budget iPhone rumor and the WSJ story about Apple cutting iPhone 5 part orders.
This is what Cook had to say about the WSJ piece claimed that Apple has been contacting suppliers to cut orders of iPhone 5 parts.
“Months of rumors about order cuts and so forth, so let me take a moment to comment on these. No comment on any particular rumor.
I suggest its good to question the accuracy of any kind of rumor about build plans. Even if a particular data point were factual, it would be impossible to interpret that data point as to what it meant to our business. The supply chain is very complex and we have multiple sources for things. Yields can vary, supplier performance can vary. There is an inordinate long list of things that can make any single data point not a great proxy for what is going on.”
Cook says the folowing about the reports revolving around a larger iPhone. Supply chain sources tell DigiTimes, China Times and others claim there’s a prototype of an Apple handset floating around supplier plants that has a 4.8-inch display.
“The iPhone 5 screen offers a new four-inch retina display. It also provides a larger screen without sacrificing one-handed use. We put a lot of thought into screen sizes and we think we picked the right one.”
And finally, on that budget iPhone we keep hearing about. Cook says:
“The most important thing for Apple is to make products that impact people’s lives. We don’t seek revenue for revenue’s sake.”
All this does not really answer anything, Tim didn’t confirm or deny these rumors and said that Apple was working on some exciting stuff.