Apple sells a ton of iPhone 6 units – Foxconn has a hard time following

Apple sells a ton of iPhone 6 units – Foxconn has a hard time following
Apple's iPhone 6 pre-order launch was a success, with more than 4 million sales in the first 24 hours. All the pre-sale units have now been sold out and are on backorder, which may last for up to 4 weeks, depending on the model you are after.

Meanwhile, Apple's main device assembler – Foxconn – is struggling to meet the demand for the new smartphone models. The manufacturer has 100 assembly lines running around the clock in its largest production site in Zhengzhou, China. There are more than 200,000 workers at the site, all allocated to the production of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models.

An anonymous source told The Wall Street Journal that all this effort yields 400,000 iPhone 6 models and 140,000 iPhone Plus models per day. As a result, the waiting time for iPhone 6 models is listed to be around a week, whereas the apparently-harder-to-produce 6 Plus models will take 3-4 weeks to get to the hands of anyone who orders them now. The source says that Foxconn is trying to boost the Plus' production, but a shortage of 5.5" displays is slowing it down.

The culprit for the lack of displays is production issues with the complex in-cell technology Apple uses for its displays. It is a tech that integrates touch sensors into the display, which omits the need to add an extra touch-screen on top, allowing for a much thinner and lighter display glass. This, however, is still a hard tech to implement and a lot of the yield is discarded by QC. The 4.7" displays come out fine – with an 85% output rate, however, the 5.5" glass seems to be a problem, as its output rate is only 50%-60%, which means that almost half of the produced displays are deemed defective or below the required quality.

source: TheWallStreetJournal

Related phones

iPhone 6
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



1. Ketchapp

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

Somehow I'm not surprised...

11. wrm2013

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

will you be surprised at the spike in suicides at the factory?

17. Ketchapp

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

Out of the 1.23 million employes, only 18 have attempted suicide since 2010, and although it is still a tragedy, the statistical probability of even one of the workers attempting suicide for a work related issue is extremely unlikely.

21. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Somehow don't know if this considered news.

23. engineer-1701d unregistered

problem comes from the mess up on the light panel last minuet changes, has company scrambling to make it.

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Cheap Chinese iCrap...

3. Saioofi

Posts: 347; Member since: May 23, 2014

Can you Droid fans stop hating on it so much? Okay we get it you hate it so why are you even on this article?

4. alouden unregistered

Gotta tell you, I am an android owner and I agree with you. Enough with the hate. It wont change the fact that it is a good phone and will sell well.

6. hltechie unregistered

Every single article I view these days is just hate hate hate... come on guys. enough!

25. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Hate hate hate and brag brag brag, its the way of the digital age. Get used to it or gtfo.

27. hltechie unregistered

Yeah, fair enough.

20. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

I think that all this hate and trolling is very childish and unnecessary (Android user here) Apple products simply DONT NEED the best SoC available because iOS is very integrated with the hardware, and doesnt have the multitasking capabilities Android has,because an Apple user DOESNT WANT bloatware, bullsh*t or gimmicky stuff...just take it and forget it Please guys,learn to respect the others' point of view.. (My english mmay not be perfect; Here in Brazil very few people can speak foreign languages precisely)

22. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Then stop calling Samsung copies Apple or they deserved that law suit from Apple. Stop saying Android LAGS.

5. Saioofi

Posts: 347; Member since: May 23, 2014

If it wasn't good apple wouldn't have sold 4 million iPhones in one day

9. wrm2013

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

lmao what are you twelve without a clue on how the world works.

18. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

At least I'm 42 and without a clue ;)

24. anthonyspapa

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

I know a bunch of people that buy the iPhone just because it's an iPhone. Majority don't know the difference between the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 other than the size.

7. D.Lamore

Posts: 198; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Hate or no hate , iphone is a midrange phone sold at premium price. That's my opinion, its none of my business if you buy it at whatever price you want. The price of Iphone 6 doesn't change the fact that many android phones are still better.

10. hltechie unregistered

It's not all about who has the most powerful phone. Some people just want a phone that works and works well. iPhone does that.

14. nodes

Posts: 1163; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

there are many factors that define "mid-range", not just some numbers show on paper.

16. DeejayReact

Posts: 40; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

True. But you think apple gives a sh*t? =P They are selling phones by the second, and the people buying the phones don't know anything about android.

26. willytbk

Posts: 252; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

here it comes again....

8. hltechie unregistered

Thank you! Lots of people like Android. Lots of people like Apple. Or there are people on this site that like all phones and just wish to read articles and not see so much hate towards Apple or a particular brand.

12. onyx143

Posts: 31; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

But producing that many phones per day isnt good for quality, and that cant be good for apple.

13. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

Foxconn isn't building iPhone's anymore, get your facts!

15. DeejayReact

Posts: 40; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

At the end of the day, its what YOU want as a customer. Who cares the type of phone, OS, blablabla. I know people who are still content with a Alcatel 768 flip phone, as stupid as that sounds. If buying a iphone makes someone happy then so be it! Same with a android device! =)

19. 90ninjas unregistered

Every year the same article. Lol.

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