If you're looking to get a new iPhone, but couldn't be bothered placing a pre-order last Friday when sales opened, be ready for some disappointing news. Foxconn, the main manufacturer of iPhone 6 and sole manufacturer of the iPhone 6 Plus is struggling to meet demand for the new phones.
While waiting times for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is currently just a matter of days, the iPhone 6 Plus has already slipped to three-to-four weeks before orders will be fulfilled. And despite pumping out 140,000 iPhone 6 Plus and 400,000 iPhone 6 handsets everyday from its production lines, display shortages at Foxconn mean those wait times are likely to extend.
It seems Foxconn is struggling to manage building two brand new phones at such high volumes, particularly in the case of the iPhone 6 Plus where the display yield is said to be around just 50 to 60 per cent. While Foxconn was also the sole manufacturer of the iPhone 5S, it did also manage to make a small portion of iPhone 5C handsets before handing over production of the cheaper phone exclusively to the Pegatron factory. But only one screen size was needed there across both handsets.
Though supply issues will likely stabilise once Foxconn's 200,000 strong Apple-dedicated workforce gets to grips with the new products, those wanting to get a new iPhone any time soon had better set their camping gear up outside the Apple retail stores. [Wall Street Journal]