Apple may be moving ahead with its larger 5.5 inch iPhone, but according to a new report it’s running into a few problems along the way.
Reuters reports that while Apple is set to begin mass producing displays for its 4.7-inch iPhone as early as May, the eagerly anticipated 5.5-inch version is suffering supply chain issues relating to the production of in-cell technology for the larger screens.
In-cell technology was introduced with the iPhone 5, and allows for thinner screen construction than the standard touch panel films.
Apple’s difficulty manufacturing the larger screens means that the 4.7-inch screen are likely to be produced first — while a 5.5-inch version could be delayed, according to supply chain sources.
The source notes that production of the 5.5-inch screens will start several months later, with the possibility of a manufacturing shift to a film sensor instead of in-cell technology.
According to the report, Japan Design, Sharp, and LG Display have been tapped to manufacture Apple’s iPhone screens. Of these, Japan Design will begin production in May at its flagship plant at Mobara, outside Tokyo. The others are due to begin output around June.
The iPhone 6 family is set to debut in September.
- Source Reuters