Dual-lens camera issues may cause iPhone 7 Plus shortage

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The iPhone 7 Plus is going to be a hard to find.
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Getting your hands on the iPhone 7 Plus and its amazing dual-lens camera right after launch might be a tough task, claims the latest rumor out of Asia.

Apple’s part suppliers are supposedly contending with a number of low-yield issues related to the waterproof speaker and the new dual-lens camera that still haven’t been fixed, both of which are expected to be the marquee features of this year’s update.

“If Apple sticks to its launch schedule from last year, there may not be enough supply at the beginning, as some suppliers are still trying to fix low-yield rates of their components,” reports the Nikkei Asian Review, citing industry sources.

Production issues aren’t the only thing Apple’s struggling with either. Lower demand for the lackluster iPhone 7 has led to a big reduction in orders to part suppliers. One industry source said the total order for core processor chips for Apple’s new iPhones may drop up to 15% compared to last year.

One supplier told Nikkei that Apple’s orders are “very conservative” this year, while another supplier only received an initial order of 54 million units for the new iPhone models.

The iPhone 7 is expected to be unveiled at a keynote on September 7th with pre-orders going up on September 9th. Along with the new dual-lens camera and waterproofing, new features will likely include a faster processor, pressure-sensitive home button, improved LTE, and a new blue color option.