Judging from a "hot off the presses" report straight from Apple's supply chain, prospective iPhone 6 buyers might want to line up even earlier this year, as the smartphone is rumored to suffer a production setback. Meanwhile, the company's iWork apps received minor updates Thursday, and venerable financial software Quicken makes a triumphant return to the Mac in today's Morning Report.
Redesigned Display Panel Blamed for iPhone 6 Launch Woes
Although Apple appears to be playing it cool from the outside, Reuters today reported the company's Asian supply chain vendors are apparently "scrambling" to come up with enough screens for Cupertino's new iPhone 6 ahead of the rumored launch next month. Unnamed sources claim the snafu was caused by the redesign of a "key component" of the display panel, which is apparently serious enough for Apple to consider limiting the number of units available at launch, or possibly delaying the launch altogether.
"Two supply chain sources said display panel production suffered a setback after the backlight that helps illuminate the screen had to be revised, putting screen assembly on hold for part of June and July," the report noted, adding that Apple is attempting to create "the thinnest phone possible" by consolidating two layers of backlight film into one.
According to sources, Cupertino's ambitions may have reached a hair too far in this case, with the backlight on the rumored 4.7-inch handset failing to live up to expectations, "costing precious time and temporarily idling some screen assembly operations." Things are back on track now, but the ripple effects may be felt next month as consumers once again line up to purchase Apple's latest and greatest.
Quicken for Mac Returns with Mobile-Friendly 2015 Edition
Intuit announced Thursday the immediate availability of Quicken 2015 for Mac, a long-gestating revamp of the company's money management application. The first new version of Quicken for Mac in years, the 2015 edition shines a spotlight on mobile, with free smartphone and tablet apps capable of syncing to the desktop edition for keeping tabs on personal finances from anywhere there's an internet connection. The apps also allow Quicken users to snap photos of receipts while on the go.
Quicken 2015 for Mac also includes new investment tools for continuously updated portfolio values, capital gains estimates, and tracking of cost basis. With a fresh new user interface and the ability to import data from earlier Quicken Essentials for Mac, Quicken Mac 2007 or even Quicken 2010 for Windows or newer, the $74.99 downloadable software comes with a 60-day, money-back guarantee and the ability to export data directly to Intuit's TurboTax.
iWork for iOS, Mac Apps Receive Minor Bug Fix Updates
Apple was busy Thursday pushing out minor updates to its iWork apps for iOS and Mac, as well as iMovie 10.0.5 for Mac, which specifically included "iCloud compatibility improvements for iMovie Theater." As for the others — Pages for Mac, Pages for iOS, Numbers for Mac, Numbers for iOS, Keynote for Mac, and Keynote for iOS — Cupertino followed up the larger updates released in April with the typically vague "stability improvements and bug fixes" patches yesterday. But fear not, presumably larger updates are ahead this fall, given that OS X Yosemite is on the horizon...