Retailers around the world are desperately trying to keep up with the overwhelmingly high demand of Apple’s iPhone 5. It seems the shortage in supply is caused by display productions issues from Apple’s supplier Sharp. The report comes from HIS iSuppli’s analyst via Bloomberg.
The Cupertino firm contracted display manufacturers Sharp and LG to supply the touchscreens for the iPhone 5. However, with Sharp reportedly experiencing some production issues, stocks of the new iPhone have been affected.
According to reports, Sharp was unable to start production until the smartphone’s debut earlier during the month. This explains why retailers did not have enough stock of the new iPhone.
Apple’s new iPhone 5 sports a bigger 4-inch display compared to the 3.5-inch display on the iPhone 4S. Aside from being bigger, it also integrates the touch and display panels into a single layer. Unfortunately, the new display tech has is also causing production problems.
The iPhone 5 is proving to be one of Apple’s biggest money makers, selling out their initial pre-order stock and selling 5 million units in only the third day it officially arrived in shops. However, the new device is far from perfect, which makes it an easy target for critics.
First of all, when Apple launched iOS 6, it replaced Google Maps with its Maps app. The new mapping service offered a 3D skyline view of cities. Unfortunately, the new service was riddled with bugs. Places were misnamed or simply didn’t appear in maps.
Now, light leaks from the edges of the new iPhone, plus complaints of a chassis prone to scratches have surfaced.
The phone’s defects plus a delay in the supply chain will definitely affect buyers’ perception of the device, despite initially selling extremely better compared to the previous iPhone.
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