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  • Screen Snag at Sharp As New iPhone Supply Shortage is Feared


    In recent weeks, we've been hearing from no shortage of well-informed sources that more than a few production glitches could threaten the supply of new 6th generation iPhones as Apple reportedly plans to unveil the device to consumers next month at a media event in California.

    On Friday, new insight entered the headlines as The Wall Street Journal managed to gain additional knowledge about the purportedly tense environment surrounding the Apple manufacturing and supply chain today.

    Based on the details we know, LCD maker Sharp is quickly falling behind on its mass production of displays for the new iPhone. This alleged reality is making anxious market watchers and industry analysts think that supply shortages could be severe in the early days of the iPhone launch.

    People familiar with the situation said that Sharp had planned to start shipping iPhone screens to Apple by the end of August, but mass production has been delayed partly because of manufacturing difficulties. It remains unclear when the company can start shipping the panels, one of the people said.
    Sharp is one of Apple's most important and valuable partners in the manufacturing realm. Should this alleged problem linger, the consequences could result in significant consumer frustration - something Apple would certainly like to avoid at all costs as 2012 rolls into fall.

    Source: WSJ
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Screen Snag at Sharp As New iPhone Supply Shortage is Feared started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 27 Comments
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      Of course, something like this happens every year it seems like, which causes some kind of shortage and back order of handsets after the initial first wave is released.
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Do Android smart phones suffer from these production problems every year or is it just apple devices? Or is all this "news" just to get attention for an upcoming phone and none of it is true?
    1. Micturition's Avatar
      Micturition -
      Quote Originally Posted by exNavy View Post
      Do Android smart phones suffer from these production problems every year or is it just apple devices? Or is all this "news" just to get attention for an upcoming phone and none of it is true?
      Who has ever heard of an amazing Android Phone launch? exactly
    1. tridley68's Avatar
      tridley68 -
      Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
      Of course, something like this happens every year it seems like, which causes some kind of shortage and back order of handsets after the initial first wave is released.
      This is probably just a marketing trick to get everyone out on release day thinking they may not get one and then Apple has record sales or release day to taunt Samsunk with.

      This is probably just a marketing trick to make folks thing they may not get one and bring huge crowds and have record sales on release day to taunt samsunk with.
    1. mustard05's Avatar
      mustard05 -
      Quote Originally Posted by exNavy View Post
      Do Android smart phones suffer from these production problems every year or is it just apple devices? Or is all this "news" just to get attention for an upcoming phone and none of it is true?
      Your first hint is to look at the writer of this story on Mmi. Does this guy ever write anything that has truth to it?
    1. HovikGas's Avatar
      HovikGas -
      Quote Originally Posted by tridley68 View Post
      This is probably just a marketing trick to get everyone out on release day thinking they may not get one and then Apple has record sales or release day to taunt Samsunk with.

      This is probably just a marketing trick to make folks thing they may not get one and bring huge crowds and have record sales on release day to taunt samsunk with.
      No, I'd wager this is standard stuff. It's just that since demand for most Android phones is nothing compared to the iPhone, no one notices, nor cares about, any production hiccups. I'd go so far as to say they probably don't have any production issues BECAUSE they don't have to have 20 million units ready on launch day, and another 20 for that first week, etc. or whatever the actual numbers are.

      Regardless, I'm sure Apple is loving the PR and it doesn't matter for me anyway, I'm waiting till jailbreak comes out. Not making that mistake twice (of having to go like 2 months with stock iOS).
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Supply and demand. If you can't get it..you want it. Kind of like a night club with a long line. Makes you curious..makes you wonder what's going on inside..makes you wanna be there. Same with these "shortages" haha..makes you want that phone..i know i do!
    1. redstar299's Avatar
      redstar299 -
      It's all BS .. Notice how they put "reportedly" in the title. Apple has yet to confirm one ounce of anything these "insiders and analysts" report. It's all hogwash to draw attention to the website.
    1. petrusk's Avatar
      petrusk -
      Probably just hype so people think they have to act super fast if they want the new iPhone right away.
    1. dannyrocket's Avatar
      dannyrocket -
      Quote Originally Posted by tridley68 View Post
      This is probably just a marketing trick to get everyone out on release day thinking they may not get one and then Apple has record sales or release day to taunt Samsunk with.

      This is probably just a marketing trick to make folks thing they may not get one and bring huge crowds and have record sales on release day to taunt samsunk with.

      Good point,wouldn't surprise me one bit.
    1. Glocknine's Avatar
      Glocknine -
      Quote Originally Posted by Micturition View Post
      Who has ever heard of an amazing Android Phone launch? exactly
      Because only Apple do marketing gimmicks before their product launch.
    1. shigh's Avatar
      shigh -
      I know this is off topic but i cant find a forum for it. Im lookin for help updating my 4s gsm. Cant do it. Ota or itunes. Could someone point me in the right direction? Sorry for the off topic post
    1. fanboyfanboy's Avatar
      fanboyfanboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Micturition View Post
      Who has ever heard of an amazing Android Phone launch? exactly
      Hahaha +1

      Quote Originally Posted by Glocknine View Post
      Because only Apple do marketing gimmicks before their product launch.
      No it's because android phones come out every other week, with little to no change between them. The ONLY one with noticeable change from the rest is the galaxy SIII, apple has record sales BECAUSE they do not produce a ton of phones, unlike android. Which is funny, android only has, what? Maybe 10-12% of the market share over apple. And apple has 5 phones while android has what? 500+? Just goes to show quality > quantity
    1. purplemonkeyspank's Avatar
      purplemonkeyspank -
      Hey, just as long as the screen quality isn't as crap as the last 5 phones! I'd be happy to wait if the screen was better made.
    1. oddphone20's Avatar
      oddphone20 -
      Actually, Androids(smartphone)market share is 68% to Apples ( IOS )17%. Do your homework.
    1. GooseG's Avatar
      GooseG -
      Quote Originally Posted by purplemonkeyspank View Post
      Hey, just as long as the screen quality isn't as crap as the last 5 phones! I'd be happy to wait if the screen was better made.
      You can't be referring to the iPhone, could you? Possibly the first 3? Because the retina displays are hardly crappy quality.
    1. Roadw3's Avatar
      Roadw3 -
      Oh no an iPhone shortage. What will we all do. I'll buy 5 just to make sure I get one and then sell the other 4 at say 1200 each. Got to cover the bases.
    1. SergeantMAC's Avatar
      SergeantMAC -
      Quote Originally Posted by oddphone20 View Post
      Actually, Androids(smartphone)market share is 68% to Apples ( IOS )17%. Do your homework.
      That's just a sales number, more android phones sold because 1)they GIVE them away. 2) they keep breaking and people open new lines with a FREE POS android phones lol
    1. oddphone20's Avatar
      oddphone20 -
      Market saturation is the final goal. Android wins wether free or paid. How do you think Microsoft owns 85%+ of the PC Market? Open Handset Alliance ring bells? 84 Tech and mobile companies vs. one( and anyone can guess which side truly owns a vast majority of tech patents).Android 80,000,000 in a month vs. ios 25,000,000.(appox.#s)That math isn't hard. And yes sales numbers are pretty valid. Sales numbers= how many sold. I am using my iPad to write this...my Galaxy tab 2 sits in its box. But I am not blind. You can't sell me crazy.
    1. Jj2345's Avatar
      Jj2345 -
      Quote Originally Posted by fanboyfanboy View Post
      Hahaha +1



      No it's because android phones come out every other week, with little to no change between them. The ONLY one with noticeable change from the rest is the galaxy SIII, apple has record sales BECAUSE they do not produce a ton of phones, unlike android. Which is funny, android only has, what? Maybe 10-12% of the market share over apple. And apple has 5 phones while android has what? 500+? Just goes to show quality > quantity
      I'd have to agree with you on that one,I don't know why android feels the need for so many damn phones,but an iPhone has to be jailbroken in order to stand a chance with android OS