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



1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31337; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No it won't. We here this every year.

5. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Sorry then they are 100% not selling In the UK as per my other posts o the other listing about good sale, hahha ye I think not in the UK, loads of stock over athttp://www.carphonewarehouse.com/apple/iphone-6s-plus In the UK of the plus

6. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Also 3 in the UK the cheap network with best prices and free unlimited 4g And got load of the missing 64gb plus on the other site http://www.three.co.uk/iPhone/iPhone_6s_Plus?featuretab=Features&memory=64&colour=Space_Grey If they got stock, then they are 100% not selling they had big problems last year with stock

8. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

They also got the new gold in 128gb ver

16. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Buy cheap components for a flagship device from cheap a55 suppliers and wudda you get. Delays.. Lightgate will be coming to an iphone near you! :D

7. discharge unregistered

Exactly boa bla blahhhhh I preordered if it's a bit late that's fine screw waiting in lines like them camp out n wait fools I have a job!!

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31337; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I have a job too, I also have paid time off. I'll be camping out with pay.

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Every year. Supply can't keep up with the high demand. Doesn't take an analyst to figure that one out.

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Purposeful shortages again. Apple, makes one phone never has ever enough, sells about 150M phones a year. Nearest competitor makes more than 20 models per year, sells over 300M, rarely ever a shortage. #justsayin

18. AlikMalix unregistered

You do understand the fault in your logic regarding supply and demand forces at play right. Apple concentrates on one launch and Samsung or others don't - it's a choice for the company - it's not a wrong or right way of doing business. But it makes apple predictable and people that run fast lives depend on that predictability to accomplish tasks and goals. (I'm really really hoping that you understand what I wrote, forget our differences)

24. Iodine

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Apple is trying to put out about 80 million phones, over the course of three months and those phones have new glass, materials, chips, PCB, batteries and also all new tech like 3D touch, all new faster touch ID or taptic engine, that just aren't easily made, because they never have been made in such quantities. Btw Apple has sold over 183 millions iPhones in just last 9 months.

2. rsiders

Posts: 1978; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Oh no the drama! Oh the horror!! They'll have millions upon millions of units ready at launch just like every year we hear this shortage crap.

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

LOL, its like clockwork, always a leak from the supply chain through one of their analysts. Yet Apple has the best supply chain in the world, and people still don't believe that Apple has an even better BS supply chain in the media.

14. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

China was a simultaneous launch with the U.S. and a bunch of other countries. Given what Chinese preorders looked like, it's not hard to believe they went through more than 10 million phones.

3. techbuttcheex

Posts: 204; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

"Yield problems"=Pre-order problems. Making excuses for Wall St traders. "PLEASE DONT SELL OUR STOCK YOU BEAUTIFUL WALL ST RICH MEN, YOU" -Tim Cook.

9. discharge unregistered

I preordered six hours later and my order went fine ya if you wait a week later maybe

10. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

I preorded 20 minutes after at 3:20am in NY through At&t and it said late October delivery....reordered at noon following day and apple said Sep. 25 so I guess apple is going to reward their customers first.

20. cgraham8

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 03, 2013

AT&T had no Plus's from the start. Same thing happened last year. Apple saves roughly 50% of all carriers handsets for themselves. It will be months before any carrier store has decent stock of the Plus.

21. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Wow now I know for the future thanks

13. Chuck007

Posts: 1411; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

How typical of Apple to create all this drama to increase demand lol To all the fanboys, yes I got a 6S. Bite me haha

15. Paximos

Posts: 283; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Isn't this a norm when apple releases a new iPhone each time?

22. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015


19. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Still plenty available here in British Columbia. Might because they keep raising the prices every year and the crap Canadian dollar. About time the Canadian sheep took a stand. Lol

23. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

I already ordered this beast to replace my other beast (iPhone 6).

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