information with Reuters, suppliers are having troubles delivering
enough screen units for the iPhone 6. The need to redesign a key component is to blame as it has disrupted the phone’s display panel production.
More specifically, the backlight that helps illuminate the screen has been
redesigned, which has left suppliers scratching their heads. This has
put the screen assembly on pause for unspecified periods in June and
July. Apple has demanded to 4.7″ iPhone 6 to sport a single layer of
backlight film, and not two. However, this configuration didn’t prove
bright enough and an extra layer had to be fitted.
To make up for the lost time, suppliers are working around the clock,
the supply chain source noted. The companies producing the displays are
Japan Display, Sharp and LG Display.
It’s still unclear if the troubles with the supply are going to
affect the iPhone 6’s launch or limit the number of units available to
The same source confirms that Apple is also working on a 5.5″ version of the iPhone. It’s expected to go out in December, while the 4.7″ version will be available this September. Its announcement is scheduled for September 9.
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