Originally Posted by HarryT
Something like that would constitute the best form of proof, yes. Without something of that nature, this is really nothing more than an unsubstantiated rumour, and should, I think, be treated with extreme caution.
Yes, it would be the best form of proof. But it is unreasonable to expect any evidence of that type would ever be attached to a news story of this nature. The supplier in Japan would be in serious hot water with Apple if it leaked sales documents like that. Very few people are privy to actual sales order documents. So it would be easy to assign blame if the actual documents were ever leaked. Many more are simply aware of the fact that one company has adjusted orders, so it would be harder to find the culprit if that information were leaked. Even an assembly line worker might be aware of specific cuts and increases because of large fluctuations in production activity directly impacting his or her work load.
Company documents such as sales orders simply do not get leaked with any regularity in news stories. They usually only appear in public in relation to stories about court proceedings or whistleblower cases or something of that nature.