It appears that the new iPhone is facing a shortage of screens. Initially, there was an issue over the hotly-anticipated smartphone's thinner screen. This time around, a change in the design of the backlight of the latest iPhone's screen is causing a disruption in manufacturer Apple's supply chain.
According to a Reuters report, suppliers to the mobile manufacturing giant are having problems getting enough screens ready for the phone maker's newest offering -- the soon-to-be-released iPhone 6. The culprit -- a redesign in a key component of the device, which has disrupted the production of panels.
It is not clear yet if the redesign snag will cause any delay in the launching of iPhone 6, or affect the number of units that will be available to buyers once the phone hits the stores. But it does bring to the fore how difficult it is for suppliers to meet Apple's exacting manufacturing specifications. And the fact that it follows another screen-related issue (the use of a separate technology to manufacture thinner screens, now resolved) only highlights the many challenges Apple has encountered in bringing its newest handset into fruition.
Still, the California-based company is all-systems-go in its forthcoming media event on September 9th of this year. Many are expecting the phone maker to officially introduce for the first time on this date the new iPhone 6. In the days leading to this event, excitement is sure to hit fever pitch, especially when the new version will reportedly feature both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens -- significantly bigger than the 4-inch screen sported by its predecessors, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.
But it appears that the production of the phone's display panels has suffered a hiccup. As told to Reuters by supply chain sources, the backlight that helps provide illumination for the iPhone 6's screen had to be redesigned. Because of this, the assembly of screens had to be halted for significant periods of time in the months of June and July. One specific source even added that Apple had earlier planned to reduce the backlight film for the 4.7-inch screen into one single layer, instead of the customary double layers. The underlying purpose was to try to produce the thinnest iPhone possible.
Unfortunately, the new configuration didn't work out -- it could not provide enough brightness for Apple's standards. Because of this, the backlight was sent back for reconfiguration -- specifically, the refitting of the second layer. This delayed the production and even caused some of the screen assembly processes to become idle. Although production is now back, the suppliers may need to double their efforts in order to make up for the lost time.
Production hiccups notwithstanding, Apple enthusiasts continue look forward to the unveiling of the iPhone 6 on September 9, and more excitedly, for the exact date the latest iPhone iteration will hit store shelves everywhere.
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