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  • Apple's Supply Chain Running Into iPhone 5 Production Problems


    Digitimes is reporting Apple’s supply chain is experiencing some problems that could lower the number of iPhone 5’s available at launch.

    Manufacturer Wintek produces roughly 25% of the iPhone 5 touch panels in Apple’s supply chain and currently the panels they’re producing are defective. Digitimes' source reffered to the problem as “delayed bubbles.”

    These bubbles are small pockets of gas trapped between the panel and the lamination layer and are incredibly difficult to detect during production. This means the bubbles are usually only spotted during assembly creating problems further down the production process than usual.

    However, it seems this is a small problem. Wintek is still expecting to ship all of their orders on time, and with TPK Holding and Chimei Innolux having zero problems producing the lion’s share of panels (75-80%) the problem shouldn’t be too noticeable. Still, shortages are shortages and historically Apple’s launches of high-profile devices need every single unit possible. This past year Apple dealt for months with iPad 2 delays that left customers who purchased the device on launch day waiting, in some cases, months before receiving their iPad 2.

    Apple is still hoping to ship 26 million iPhone 5s in Q4 according to Digitimes sources and they’ll need all phases of production and assembly running smoothly to reach that goal. Especially if they want to continue breaking sales records every quarter.

    Source: Digitimes
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple's Supply Chain Running Into iPhone 5 Production Problems started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Well if Wintek still expects to ship ALL of their orders on time, then this isn't really a problem now is it......more of a nuisance.

      I just hope none of those defective screens fell through the cracks and made it into the packaging.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Well since the release of the iPhone 5 has not been announced by Apple yet, they could just delay the launch until they have enough units for launch.....that would suck!
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      Well I sure hope this new phone does not have that yellow smear on the glass, which apple claimed would go away after a few days.... RIGHT! till this day I still have this yellow smear which ended up being too much glue!
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      I love the rendering... can I pre-order yet?!
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      I love the rendering... can I pre-order yet?!
      +1

      This does have me a little nervous though. I think I will be checking for bubbles AT THE APPLE STORE to make sure everything is in order. I don't want to be stuck with a flawed unit. I was one of those guys that kept returning the phone for stuck pixels (that couldn't be fixed using the various methods floating around the web). Had good luck with my iphone 4 aside from my fiance running it through the wash about 12 hours after I got it.
    1. baRRy boRRis's Avatar
      baRRy boRRis -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      I love the rendering... can I pre-order yet?!
      In white?! *vomits in mouth*
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      Well since the release of the iPhone 5 has not been announced by Apple yet, they could just delay the launch until they have enough units for launch.....that would suck!
      or they could kiss Samsung's ***, say sorry and order the quality parts from Samsung as they have in the past.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      This thread is already giving me doubts about the quality of the iPhone 5. I'm certainly ready to buy it if it has what I need and has excellent build quality. If not.....it's just one more reason for me to dislike Apple further.

      I'd hate to have to go through a dozen phones again to find one that is not defective.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      *sigh* Only a couple more weeks 'till we figure our what's true and what's rumor
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      *sigh* Only a couple more weeks 'till we figure our what's true and what's rumor
      Definitely


      Put all this rumor crap away and enjoy the device
    1. sirlance0505's Avatar
      sirlance0505 -
      Think I'll wait till all the hype is over and see if any bugs pop up like last time before I get the new i5. My 3Gs is still running smooth.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by baRRy boRRis View Post
      In white?! *vomits in mouth*
      Ok... so imagine it in black. Pretty simple, really. It's a very safe bet that the white and black (and any other possible color) variants will have identical form factors.
    1. Matthew_Madlock's Avatar
      Matthew_Madlock -
      This is easy to believe apple is making ever increasing complicated designs

      Quote Originally Posted by hogcia View Post
      Well I sure hope this new phone does not have that yellow smear on the glass, which apple claimed would go away after a few days.... RIGHT! till this day I still have this yellow smear which ended up being too much glue!
      Wow I've never heard of that what device do you have? You warranty didn't cover it? Bizarre ...