Apple’s iPhone 6 may face day-one supply problems
Screen redesign puts pressure on manufacturing partners
Apple Inc may once again face supply problems at iPhone launch time, as its manufacturing partners struggle to produce enough screens for the iPhone 6, following a hasty redesign of a key component, Reuters reported.
Japan Display Inc, Sharp Corp and South Korea's LG Display Co were selected by Apple to make the screens for the iPhone 6, which is expected to be launched on 9 September. Citing sources within the supply chain, Reuters said it was not clear whether the launch would have to be delayed or Apple would settle for reduced volume, as it did for the 2012 launch of the iPhone 5 and the 2013 launch of the iPad Mini Retina Display.
Pressure from cheaper competitors has led Cupertino to opt for an iPhone 6 with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens. The large-screen models are a significant step up from the 4-inch variants available in the current-generation 5c and 5s handsets.
The sources said iPhone 6 manufacturing ground to a halt through much of June and July, when it became necessary to revise the design of the screen backlight. In an attempt to produce its thinnest-ever screens, Apple had specified a single-layer backlight for the 4.7-inch screen, which kicked off its assembly operations ahead of the 5.5-inch model. But the screen was not bright enough and this led to the summer delay.