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iPhone 5 supply shortages could make Apple’s new phone hard to find

Ahead of each new iPhone launch, there always seem to be at least a few reports that claim supply will be squeezed. In keeping with tradition, Digitimes on Wednesday cited multiple unnamed sources in Apple’s (AAPL) Eastern supply chain in stating that the company’s initial supply of iPhones may be more than 25% short of its original order. According to the report, the use of new in-cell touchscreen technology on Apple’s next-generation iPhone has resulted in unforeseen challenges, and third-quarter “iPhone 5” shipments will fall from 20 million units to less that 15 million as a result. Apple’s next iPhone is expected to feature a larger 4-inch display, 4G LTE, NFC and a 7.6-millimeter-thin case when it is unveiled during a press conference on September 12th.


Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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