Initial iPhone 5 shipments might be reduced because of component supply issues
A lot of folks are awaiting the release of the sixth-gen iPhone to upgrade from their iPhone 4 gear, but there might not be enough of the new iPhones for everyone, at least initially, if those elusive "supply chain sources" are to be believed.
The issue is not only with the in-cell touchscreen panels that we've been hearing Sharp and LG are having trouble producing all summer, but also with the new dock connector. LG yesterday said it has resolved the display yield issues, and all shipments will be on schedule now.
Foxconn, however, apparently has trouble sourcing enough of some components related to the new 8-pin dock connector that Apple is rumored to be using in the next iPhone, and this, coupled with the screen supply issues, is likely to reduce the initial batch of shipments from the requested 20 million to 15 million units. If those supply chain rumors prove credible, the sixth generation iPhone might come with longer than usual wait times after you order, during the holiday shopping frenzy.