iPhone 5 supply shortage is attributed to in-cell technology



The design choice for Apple’ thinner, lighter screen in the iPhone 5 will lead to delivery problems for the new smartphone. Suppliers of flat screens are struggling to meet the demand.

Bloomberg reports that the authority of various analysts. In the first three days after the start of retail sales, Apple sold a record number of 5 million of iPhone 5 units, reported on Monday. This makes the delivery in some countries increased to 3 to 4 weeks.

According to Thomas Dinges, research analyst at IHS iSuppli stated that a shortage of certain components of the iPhone 5 probably contributed to supply problems. The problems focus on the new touchscreen, which is thinner and lighter than previous models.

The new touchscreen is based on so-called in-cell technology, where the LCD and the touch-sensitive layer are integrated. The original suppliers of this advanced screen Display LG Display and Japan (founded by Hitachi, Sony and Toshiba). According to analyst Ben Reitzes of investment bank Barclays is manufacturing for both companies “challenging” – read: problematic – and “struggling” she deer meet demand from Apple.


Apple has now Sharp as a third supplier of in-cell screens added to its dependence on other suppliers to reduce. But Sharp has also reportedly struggling to reduce number of screens without defects. The Japanese electronics company failed to supply before starting mass production of the iPhone 5 started, says the analyst of Barclays. He expects that in the third quarter totaling approximately 10 million in-cell screens available for the iPhone 5.
According to analyst Dinges, iSuppli can supply problems of short duration. Because of its dominant market position, Apple front row to the parts to buy.

Spokesmen from Sharp, Apple, LG Display and Japan Display declined to remark to Bloomberg. Generally, Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner in a response to the file gross sales of 5,000,000 gadgets stated that Apple is working onerous to “as quickly as that you can think of an iPhone 5 within the fingers of each purchaser who desires one have.” In line with Cook dinner beginning stock offered however get the common outlets new shipments inside. Consumers can proceed to order the iPhone 5 after which get an estimated supply date.
The 4G LTE conversation chip from Qualcomm would provide might result in issues. Qualcomm had prior to now said that the supply of those baseband processor, the MDM9615 LTE, below drive by means of the transition to a brand new manufacturing course of. Restore firm iFixit, the iPhone 5 ultimate week pulled aside, means that a decrease ‘yield’ (the share of chips with out defects) may just lead Qualcomm’s order Apple to not operate as agreed. Qualcomm additionally declined to remark.

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