iPhone 6 manufacturing delays pose threat over availability at launch

Production delays and the need to redesign key components has caused delays in manufacturing the iPhone 6, posing the threat of limited stock when it goes on sale later this year.

Sources in Apple’s supply chain say the setbacks, related to the company’s desire to make the new handset as thin as possible, have already halted production of the phone once, and now pose a threat to stock levels at launch.

Speaking to Reuters, the unnamed sources said the production chain suffered setbacks after the backlight used to illuminate the display of the iPhone 6 has to be redesigned, putting screen assembly on hold for part of June and July.

Apple is believed to be holding a media event on 9 September, where it will announce the iPhone 6, which will boast a 4.7-inch display, 0.7in larger than the iPhone 5s. Despite the larger screen, the iPhone 6 is expected to be thinner than any previous Apple handset, putting pressure on the manufacturers to shave off precious millimeters from the device.

This set back, according to the Reuters source, comes soon after a previous setback related to the iPhone 6’s screen.

The news agency added: “One said Apple, aiming for the thinnest phone possible, initially wanted to cut back to a single layer of backlight film, instead of the standard two layers, for the 4.7-inch screen, which went into mass production ahead of the 5.5-inch version.”

Although the 4.7-inch model has leaked for several weeks in various states of completion, less has been seen on the 5.5in version. An images published this week claimed to show the chassis and rear of the larger iPhone, but it’s believed this model may not arrive until later in the year.

If Apple is to hold an event on 9 September, then we expect invitations to hit our inboxes on the 2nd. We’ll keep you posted.

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