Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL)’s production of the iPhone 6, scheduled for a September 9 unveiling, has come under heavy scrutiny lately. Rumors abound that production has hit major snags and that the phone could experience a moderate delay in release as a result. Macrumors.com editor-in-chief Eric Slivka tells TheStreet that snags like this are common, and a major delay or product shortages in the launch of the newest iPhone should not be expected.
“Reports of component delays and issues for Apple leading up to iPhone launches are a regular occurrence, every year we go through the same thing and Apple pretty much always launches the iPhone with ample supplies; sometimes they’re a little bit behind before they totally catch up, but theu usually got plenty on hand for launch, so I’m not too concerned about this affecting the launch plans for Apple,” Slivka said.
The issues related to the newest iPhone’s production woes revolve around the screen and specifically its backlighting. Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) sought to have an extra layer of the backlightling materials removed to make the new phone thinner and lighter, but it was discovered the screens simply weren’t bright enough as a result. That forced engineers to make revisions and held up the assembly process earlier this summer.
So while it is expected there will be at least a moderate amount of iPhone 6’s available on launch day, the likelihood is that it won’t be nearly enough to satisfy the masses of ravenous Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) fans, who can’t wait to wrap their hands around the new smartphone. As Slivka points out however, it’s virtually impossible for Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) to have enough product available on launch day to meet the overwhelming demand in any case, no matter how well production has gone.
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