As I was saying last week, it’s now tradition for any new iDevice launch to be preceded by rumours of supply shortages.
DigiTimes got the ball rolling, and now none other than The Wall Street Journal is chiming in, with a finger pointed firmly at Japanese manufacturer Sharp.
In particular, the DigiMen cited “low yield rates in the production of in-cell touch panels,” and issues with the “connector at the bottom of the phone”. Ultimately, its sources suggested Q3 shipments would be 15 million, not the 20 million initially forecast.
The Wall Street Journalists, meanwhile, reckon Sharp “hasn't started mass producing screens for Apple Inc.'s next iPhone”. That’s according to “a person with knowledge of the situation”.
Sharp is one of three manufacturers pumping out iPhone 5 displays (the other two being Japan Display Inc and LG), however it’s not clear how big a share Sharp is responsible for.
Nor is it clear what the problem is. WSJ reports only that the delay is “due in part to manufacturing difficulties.”
Earlier in the month, we heard that Sharp was in a spot of financial difficulty. Rumours that it didn’t pay its electricity bill for ye olde display factory are entirely made up. By me.
via: WSJ Online