Rumored Glitch May Hobble New iPhone Launch Inventory
Although Apple is no stranger to the occasional production glitch, a new rumor originating from the far east suggests that a glitch may hobble the initial inventory of the 6th generation iPhone next month.
According to sources in contact with Digitimes, projected shipments of a new iPhone in the third quarter of 2012 could fall to (or below) 15 million units. Although that doesn't sound a small amount, when you consider the anticipated demand for the device and Apple's purportedly desired supply of at least 20 million units at launch, it's clear why this reduced supply might be troublesome to the tech giant.
The rumored culprit in the production glitch is "low yield rates in the production of in-cell touch panels." Another reported issue is a problem related to the connector at the bottom of the phone.
"Issues related to the poor yields of in-cell panels have been cited previously as possibly disrupting Apple's shipping schedule for new iPhones," the source tells Digitimes. "The latest rumors indicate that Apple has recently redesigned a connector at the bottom of the new iPhone and that yield rates of the new connectors at Foxconn International Holdings have been low due in part to insufficient supply of some key materials."
As of this writing, however, there is no indication that Apple's widely estimated iPhone release date of mid-September will be changed.