Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)‘s suppliers are feeling the pressure of the imminent launch of the iPhone 6 after they have reportedly encountered a glitch in the production of the screen of the smaller iPhone 6.
According to a report from Reuters, unnamed sources who are familiar with events inside Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s supply chain have revealed that the backlight apparatus of the iPhone 6’s screen had to be reworked because initial production units were not bright enough.
The California-based technology luminary is expected to debut a smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6 as well as a larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 during an event it has scheduled for September 9.
The sources of the news organization reportedly said that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) initially told suppliers to include only one backlight film rather than the typical two layers of backlight film in the assembly of the screen of the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6. The move to reduce the number of backlight films in the display assembly was said to have been made by the consumer electronics giant to make a thinner display.
However, it seems that the iPhone maker saw that the resulting product was not bright enough and suppliers were reportedly told to include two backlight films in the screen assembly. The production snag apparently halted production of screens for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 for parts of June and July, Reuters reports. It was revealed in the report that the smaller 4.7-inch screen went into production ahead of the larger 5.5-inch display.
According to the report, it is unclear whether the production glitch for the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 6 will cause a delay in the release of the device or lessen the number of initially available devices after its release. However, Reuters reports that production for the screens which will fit the iPhone 6 models is now back on track. Suppliers are working flat-out, the new organization wrote, to compensate for the production stoppage.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) shareholders includes Icahn Capital Lp managed by billionaire Carl Icahn. His firm reported about 52.76 million shares in the company by the end of the the April-June quarter. Another shareholder in the iPhone maker is David Einhorn‘s Greenlight Capital which reported, also by the end of the second quarter, a holding of about 9.45 million shares of the company.