Initial iPhone 5 shipments might be reduced because of component supply issues

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.

source: Digitimes

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20 Comments

1. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Just another sponsored pre launch marketing gimmick so as to ensure the rush to buy ...

7. MeoCao unregistered

...or maybe the preemptive excuse as why not many people will buy the new and boring iPhone.

20. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

or maybe they might actually have manufacturing difficulties..... Maybe you guys weren't paying attention, but 15 million is a crapton of iphones. Supply issues are very reasonable

2. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Sure sure, this definitely isn't some scheme so that the few iFans will rush to buy it to give the impression that it's good. No no, Apple would never stoop so low.

3. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Who knows, Heart of Hearts Apple maybe (fore)seeing an "End Of Honeymoon" period with their fans so deploying these gimmicks ... since they ran out of all ideas they ar now into "copying" the trendsetter of large screens on smartphones :)

8. MeoCao unregistered

So low? Apple has reached the record low with their lawsuits so Apple must feel good doing a "not as low" trick.

4. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Just another apple'annual shortage' to try create iPhone waiting list fever among the ifans

5. jopancy

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

potatoes, tomatoes, potatoes, phhuuuh. excuses in advance to justify future low sales.... think the ifans are wising up? hmmm...

6. wendygarett unregistered

create another hype i see... Guess i will buy it around october

12. megaSUNNY

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 26, 2012

wendy the apple fool spotted here AGAIN!

13. Apple-Royally-

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 24, 2012

We are all looking forward to seeing the new iPhone!

15. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Oh Wendy! Don't you want to be first in your group of friends with the new iPhone? Weren't you going to be hanging out at the local Apple store to get the first lot of new iPhones? What happened?

9. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Nice excuses, good marketing tactic. I love Apple, but don't get me wrong, I do take Apple's side when it is due, and don't take their side when the make a fool of me as someone who buys their iDevices. But this is lame. I think they are worried that iFans will not Q this time around, and to get them into those long Qs, tell them they are few iPhones available and they will rush to get their hands on their new shiny iPhones. Only an iDiot will believe this gimmick. Oh my bad, i guess phonearean did believe it, My Bad

10. Aeires unregistered

Lines of people camping out last year weren't long enough?

11. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2359; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Hmmm.. I might just buy it.. play with it for a week or two.. then sell it on eBay :-)

14. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Blah blah blah y even click the article fandroids? Who cares about your bashes against apple.

16. TheRetroReplay

Posts: 256; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Has anyone ever noticed that Apple ALWAYS has a shortage of new iPhones when the next generation is released, but yet they somehow sold more than what they had on opening weekend?

18. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Yeah. And that was why they want Sammy to pay them $2.75 billion to over their lost sales.... For parts shortages, no less. That Sammy was not on contract to supply.

17. shotine

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Umm i bet they have werehouses full of them and as always are controlling everything end to end hence why i went with the s3 and i dont see any way possable that anything apple puts out can top it.

19. dragonstkdgirl

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

Maybe they would have better luck if they didn't sue their component suppliers?

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