Foxconn says the iPhone 5 is the most difficult device it has ever had to assemble
Apple has been short on its iPhone 5 supply since day one, and it isn't just because they're selling like hotcakes. The shortage may actually be due to the fact that the iPhone 5 is Apple's most complex handset yet, according to a Wednesday report from The Wall Street Journal.
One of the company's contractors, Hon Hai Precision Industry (which most of us know better by its Foxconn trading name), told WSJ that the supply shortage is actually due to the complicated nature of the product. Here's how he put it:
“The iPhone 5 is the most difficult device that Foxconn has ever assembled. To make it light and thin, the design is very complicated. It takes time to learn how to make this new device. Practice makes perfect. Our productivity has been improving day by day."
Hon Hai has reportedly taken steps to improve its productivity, and has also added a new quality check procedure. But as the official pointed out, there are always limitations. “It's always hard to satisfy both aesthetic needs and practical needs,” he noted.
Before this we heard that Sharp was part of of the iPhone 5 production problem, as it purportedly had issues churning out Apple's new screens fast enough. But the company eventually responded, stating that its production was perfectly adequate and the reports regarding it were inaccurate.