Those who are planning to grab the iPhone 6s Plus when it gets released this coming September 25th may find themselves facing limited supply concerns. Or at least as predicted by Ming-Chi Kuo, a noted analyst from KGI Securities. As reported by AppleInsider, Kuo stated via an investors note that Apple is purportedly dealing with production issues right now, especially with regards to building enough units of the iPhone 6s Plus in time for its date of launch.
The iPhone 6s Plus was officially announced by Apple during its much hyped September 9 event, alongside another new iPhone model, the iPhone 6s, as well as two new iPad tablets (the iPad Pro and the iPad Mini 4) and other new updates and features. As expected of any new iPhone device, the demand for the latest models have been high, especially for the iPhone 6s Plus. As a matter of fact, during the preorder process, some customers had to contend with long wait times before they could preorder the bigger iPhone 6s device.
But apparently, the wait will even be longer for some. Kuo said that the alleged production issues for the iPhone 6s Plus may be due to delays in the manufacturing of the backlight modules needed for the handset. One of Apple’s suppliers is Minebea, and it is charged with building the backlight modules for the iPhone 6s Plus, but it seems that production has hit a snag.
Kuo has had a wonderful track record analyzing and predicting trends related to Apple, and if he is right (and most of the time, he is), the production issues could affect the iPhone 6s Plus’ sales. Those who have preordered the handset are already expecting ship times of up to four weeks. As for those who preordered the iPhone 6s, they will only have to wait until September 25th. Will the differences in ship times discourage consumers from purchasing the iPhone 6s Plus and go instead for the iPhone 6s?
Apple clearly does not want its customers to go through all that. That is why the company is purportedly starting to shift the production of the backlight modules to another supplier, Radiant, who had partnered with Apple previously in the manufacturing of backlight modules for the iPad Mini. As noted by Kuo, Radiant may be more adept at building the components than Minebea.
Kuo believes that Apple will prepare between 1.5 million to 2 million units of its iPhone 6s Plus devices in time for launch date. For certain, Apple will need to ready a lot of inventory for its new iPhones -- just this week, the company had revealed that preorders for the two latest models have been very strong across the globe.
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