Originally Posted by frahse
The "past perfect" "had expected" was an action in the past that was supposed to have been accomplished later in the past before other actions.
In this case the "later" accomplishment was negated (not done.)
I'm not sure you're saying what I think you are, but if you are, then I think you've nailed it!
Apple really did order 19 million. But the NYT's reporter is saying that since the original order was amended it essentially was not completed.