iPhone 5 shortage caused by laborious new thinner in-cell display technology

iPhone 5 shortage caused by laborious new thinner in-cell display technology
If you go on the online Apple Store now and try to order an iPhone you’d have to settle for a 3 to 4 week waiting period. And that seems like a bit too much of a wait even for the more faithful Apple fans. The reason? The new amazing and thin iPhone 5 display supply can’t match the huge demand, according to Bloomberg’s sources.

This shortage in the in-cell display panels used in the iPhone 5 comes despite the fact that Apple has recruited not only its traditional display manufacturing partners LG Display Co. and Japan Display Inc., but also Sharp. Still, production of those in-cell panels has proven to be much more laborious.

Sharp in particular has been struggling to meet the booming demand. Still, this shortage is nothing like you’re used to seeing - Apple managed to sell 5 million iPhone 5 over the opening weekend with that shortage in mind. Moreover, this shortage will likely be one that display manufacturers will overcome quickly, but it’s just not yet clear exactly when.

source: Bloomberg

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iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)



2. prakesh

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

samsung admit they recall all pebble blue due to poor quality of batt cover. thats why having delay the shippment of all pre-order pebble blue.p why apple cant?! out in the box dents leak light in dark place very phrone to scratch aluminum back?

3. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Oh I thought that sending back iDented/iChiped/iScratched iPhones is the culprit of shortage.

4. StephenGalop

Posts: 52; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Both are :) along with flawed iOS 6 maps that get every iPhone user lost in the oblivion.

5. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

This is nothing new,every year there is iphone "shortages",the new phone launches,sells out,is out of stock for a month,comes back in stock in limited numbers then is out of stock again for nearly another month and so on repeatedly. By the time ifans alot of ifans manage to get one the next one is only about 6 months away from launch and the apple 'next iphone is gonna have everything thecurrent failed to deliver" rumours are in full swing in order to get ifans drooling and frantically saving cash again. Its like some sort of a apple funfair ride that keeps ifans stuck in an endless cycle and never lets them off

10. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

lol, So they have trouble doing what Samsung has been doing for years now? Typical

11. AppleHateBoy unregistered

At least iPhone 5's display is calibrated properly. That's my only complaint about Super AMOLEDs.

12. WilliamJE

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

I figured it was because of all the FOXCONN Kung-Fu parties as of late...

14. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

For some reason when I heard about the Foxconn brawl.... I had a mental image of the movie Kung Fu Hustle.. poor people in a run down apartment fighting suits.

13. AppleHateBoy unregistered

Well. Why not make the Cover Glass(Gorrila or whatever) in-cell too? That will make it even more thinner. And expensive too.

15. yajia1

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

This has happenned before, and will continue to happen in the future. I work for AT&T, processing preorders and orders-through-phone. This 6th gen iphone is by far the hardest thing that ever happenned to our lives (the agents). >.

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