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iPhone 6s Plus expected to be scarcely available at launch due to supply chain bottleneck


According to a new report, the upcoming Apple iPhone 6s Plus will be available only in limited quantities at launch. Apparently, the launch-day supplies will be limited because of bottlenecks created by low yields from one of Apple's backlight suppliers.

KGI securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, one of the best-known Apple analysts in the world, informed investors in a letter on Monday that Minbea, the Apple partner that manufactures some of the backlight modules for the iPhone 6 Plus, is currently facing production bottlenecks, and the large-screened iPhone will be scarcely available at launch.

Current pre-orders for the iPhone 6s Plus have already been delayed by up to a month following the September 25th official launch date, which can be interpreted as evidence that Apple is really facing a problem with launch-day iPhone 6s Plus availability.

According to AppleInsider, who obtained a copy of the letter to investors, Kuo says that Apple hopes to address the problem by placing more orders with Radiant, a competing backlight module supplier. Radiant's share of the iPhone 6S Plus backlight orders is said to have doubled from 40 to 80 percent, which can only spell great profit for the company.

It remains to be seen if Radiant can jump in and unclog this bottleneck. Otherwise, it looks like those who were hoping to get the iPhone 6s Plus on launch date will have to wait for a few more weeks to get their hands on the refined version of the original Apple phablet.

Earlier today, Apple announced that pre-orders for the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus are on a record-setting pace. The company expects to receive pre-orders for more than 10 million units of the two phones combined after just a single weekend.

source: AppleInsider
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