The iPhone 6 will launch on September 9 and will likely be available in stores in the UK and US shortly thereafter. But guess what… there could be “supply issues” that might “affect” the availability of the handsets when they first hit retail.
But this shouldn’t come as a surprise; if we had a dollar for every time this story popped up ahead of an iPhone launch we’d have, well, about five dollars… but you get the point. Every year Apple releases an iPhone and every year people gets worried about not getting one, which leads to panic-iPhone-buying and stampeding consumers and that, dear readers, is never a pretty sight.
So what’s up THIS time?
According to Reuters, the iPhone 6 has hit a display manufacturing snag and this means means Apple won’t be able to make enough full handsets before the iPhone 6’s release date.
Reuters’ sources claim the backlight inside the handset needed to be revised, apparently the original ultra-thin design was found not to be bright enough, and this set back the display manufacturers quite a bit… the report says Apple’s component suppliers are now “scrambling to get enough screens ready” for the launch.
The report does not mention which iPhone has been affected, although it does refer to two distinct types: one with a 4.7in display, the other with a 5.5in setup, which jazzes with pretty much every other rumour we’ve heard to date.
Demand is predicted to be HUGE for Apple’s iPhone 6, with multiple industry watchers claiming Apple’s next-gen iPhone will outsell the iPhone 5s by quite a margin. Case in point: one analyst even went as far as predicting 15 million handsets sales during opening weekend.