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Over the past two weeks, many vendors noted that Apple cut fourth-quarter iPad orders by 25 percent

Apple's iPad has been a wild success since its launch in 2010, and the iPad 2 was a lucrative follow-up in 2011. Apple sold 1 million iPad's in less than a month after its release, and managed to sell 1 million iPad 2's during launch weekend alone. While many competitors have stepped to the plate, such as BlackBerry's PlayBook, Motorola's Xoom and Samsung's Galaxy Tab, Apple has managed to hold the No. 1 spot in the tablet world.

Now, Bloomberg reports that Apple is reducing iPad orders to vendors, which could mean slower sales for associated companies like Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Apple has not confirmed the cut in orders to vendors. 

Over the past two weeks, many vendors noted that Apple cut fourth-quarter iPad orders by 25 percent. JPMorgan Chase & Co. analysts wrote a report on September 25 that showed that vendors such as Hon Hai could experience a drop from 17 million units in the third quarter to only 13 million units in the fourth quarter.

According to Wanli Wang, an industry analyst at RBS Asia Ltd., the reason for the reduced orders from Apple may be economic conditions leading to decreased demand in Europe as well as Apple's attempt to operate with reduced inventory.

Apple currently claims 73 percent of tablet sales this year with its iPad. It has worked its fingers to the bone to 
ban the sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 throughout Europe as well as Australia this year, and succeeded.





"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that." -- Microsoft COO Kevin Turner



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