The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are expected to introduce a few interesting new features, including a semi-waterproof design and dual rear cameras on the larger 5.5-inch smartphone. But it turns out those flashy upgrades might also be slowing down production as Apple gears up to launch its new iPhones next month.
Nikkei Asian Review reports that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus could be in short supply at launch. If the company sticks to its usual schedule the devices could be particularly hard to come by, according to an anonymous source. To be fair, new iPhone models often sell out quickly after the initial launch due to high demand, so it wouldn’t totally be out of character for the company.
The report also reveals that one of the main issues could be a water-resistant speaker grill for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Rumor has it Apple plans to make the new devices better protected against water damage, though they likely won’t earn IP68 like the Galaxy Note 7. Alleged plans to ditch the headphone jack and replace the physical home button with a 3D Touch version could also contribute to overall water resistance.
As for the dual rear camera, that’s only rumored for the iPhone 7 Plus. If Apple’s suppliers are having trouble with the new module it might mean that the larger smartphone will be even harder to buy at launch that the smaller 4.7-inch model.
Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus at an event on September 7, though the company still hasn’t sent out any official invitations. Rumor has it the devices could launch as soon as Friday, September 16, though conflicting reports claim the company might wait another week until September 23 to release the new smartphones.