Foxconn Facing Display Shortages as it Struggles to Meet iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Demand

Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus supplies may continue to be constrained as Foxconn reportedly is struggling to keep up with demand for the handsets, reports the Wall Street Journal. Unlike previous years that saw Foxconn handling the launch of one flagship handset, the manufacturer is now tasked with producing two iPhone models that are in high demand.

The Taiwan-based manufacturer, which has more than one million workers in China, is operating about 100 production lines around the clock in Zhengzhou. The challenge is to manufacture two complicated new iPhones on a large scale at the same time because Foxconn is the sole assembler of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. It also makes the majority of the iPhone 6 that comes with a 4.7-inch display, the people said.

Foxconn reportedly has hired more than 200,000 workers at its Zhengzhou site to work on Apple's new iPhone. Even with this large labor force and daily output volumes of 140,000 iPhone 6 Plus units and 400,000 iPhone 6 units, the company is still not able to meet pre-order demand.

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One issue reportedly facing the manufacturer is a shortage of 5.5-inch displays, which are still only at being produced at a 50-60 percent output rate, leading suppliers to reject almost half of the display units that come off the production line.

Apple has faced similar shortages with previous iPhone models and has been able to gradually ramp up supply to meet demand. Apple will begin selling its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus starting Friday, September 19th in a handful of launch countries. A larger global rollout is planned the following week with sales beginning on September 26th.

Tag: wsj.com

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80 months ago
Sounds like a routine apple launch. Demands just gets bigger.

Shocking news would be, "Apple fulfils demand for new iphone at launch"
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80 months ago
And water is wet.
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80 months ago
Always silly random claims. Great click-bait.
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80 months ago
Lets do some math:

140k iPhone 6+ per day
400k iPhone 6 per day.

Reports of July ramp up, lets put 6 working days in there:

140*26 = 3.64M units before launch
400*26 = 10.4M units before launch

And its still NOT ENOUGH?! Dang it Apple, get your act together!
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80 months ago
Apple should just send out build it yourself kit.
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80 months ago
Always great to end your source quotes with ..the people said.
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