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Despite of claims made earlier by Sharp itself, it looks like there are issues with mass production of new screens for the next Apple iPhone. Apparently, Sharp has not started to mass produce the new screens, which means that the timely global launch of the sixth-generation Apple iPhone is now endangered. Fortunately for Apple, Sharp is not the exclusive supplier of displays.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Sharp, a key supplier of LCD displays to Apple, had planned to start supplying next iPhone screens by the end of August, but mass manufacturing has been delayed in part by production issues. It remains uncertain when the company can start shipping the LCD panels. It is necessary to note that Sharp specifically noted in an interview with a leading news-agency that it had started to ship screens for the Apple iPhone 5.

Luckily for Apple, Sharp is not the only provider of displays for the new iPhone. In particular, Japan Display and LG Display are supposed to provide screens for the next smartphone from Apple. The problem is that many believe that Sharp is the largest supplier of small screens for iPhones, which means that issues with their production may affect timely launch of the new smartphone in certain countries.

This is reportedly not the first time when Sharp fails to meet its expectations. Earlier this year the company delayed shipments of high-quality retina-class screens for the third-gen Apple iPad.

Apple and Sharp did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Apple, iPhone, iOS


Comments currently: 5
Discussion started: 09/02/12 09:56:37 PM
Latest comment: 09/04/12 05:43:52 PM


It is too bad that Apple has alienated Samsung as Samsung does have the capability to supply the Retina Panel. Samsung may even be a supplier to Apple but if I were Samsung I would give Apple the "attention they deserve" as in delays that fall within any contractual obligations.

As well if Samsung is still a suplier of Flash Memory for Apple the same would apply.

Due to the possible high volume of sales, Apple negotiates ruthlessly with their suppliers and the suppliers have to make all contracted parts a priority for Apple as well as they only make pennys on the dollar and even sometimes lose money.

If Apple was the American company it makes out to be, they would source as many of the components to USA providers and move the assembly from the "sweat shops" in China to the US.

But that would cut into Apples profits too much and with almost a Trillion dollars at its disposal (Capital Worth) that would hurt Apple....NOT.

Apple should take some of that capital and build assembly sites in the US, as right now the only people that are making money on the Apple devices are Apple and a bunch of companys in China.

But Apple largest base of customers is in the USA.

The Justice Department should break Apple up into smaller component companys as they did with AT&T many years back.
0 0 [Posted by: fdunn  | Date: 09/04/12 05:43:52 PM]


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