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At its iPhone launch event in September, Apple introduced the lower-cost iPhone XR, made of aluminum, along with two other models, the XS and XS Max.

The tech giant has requested that its manufacturing partners Foxconn and Pegatron keep its iPhone XR production lines at 45 and not expand them to the 60 production lines it had initially planned, the Nikkei is reporting, citing sources who claim to have knowledge of its plans. At Foxconn, only 45 production lines of the planned 60 are now being used.

Both Foxconn and Pegatron are used by Apple to assemble its smartphones, alongside Wistron. As a result, Foxconn will build 100,000 fewer units every single day than would have happened under Apple's original order.

The iPhone XR - priced starting at $749 - is meant to replace the iPhone 8 introduced a year ago.

While early iPhone XR reviews have been largely positive, the verdict is unfortunately still out concerning how well Apple's brand-new LRD-equipped iPhone is (or is not) resonating with consumers.

Furthermore, the report states that the company had asked Wistron to stay on a standby position during the sale season.

Last Friday, Apple shares had fallen sharply, dragging the United States tech major's market value below $1 trillion after the company forecast softer-than-expected sales for the holiday quarter and fueled nerves over iPhone sales by saying it would no longer release the figures.

Apple is instead requesting more iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus production to add five million additional units, making it a total of 25 million older iPhone units requested for the quarter. Other reason might be that Apple doesn't want investors and customers to keep on waiting for another successful 2015 when the company reached 231.22 million units sold.

The Nikkei report comes days after Cupertino, Calif. -based Apple warned in its quarterly earnings report that sales for the crucial holiday quarter would likely miss Wall Street expectations.