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Awesome new tech in the iPhone 6 could be causing problems for Apple

Zach Epstein
June 30th, 2014 at 12:36 PM
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This morning we got some good news when we learned that the actual iPhone 6 models Apple plans to launch this fall will likely have a crucial difference compared to the hundreds of mockups we’ve seen at this point. Instead of having the awful plastic inserts on them that completely ruins the sleek look of the aluminum housings, they will reportedly feature glass pieces above the antennas similar to the ones on the current iPhone 5s.

Following that good news, however, we have a bit of potential bad news. According to a report out of China, new technology Apple is using in its iPhone 6 displays is supposedly causing production difficulties that could impact Apple’s supply of next-generation iPhones at launch.

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China Times on Monday reported that Apple is using new display technology that will allow it to make its next-generation iPhones even thinner. The tech involves using fewer elements in the display assembly, but it is also apparently causing some problems with Apple’s component suppliers.

The elements in question are called “brightness enhancement films” (BEFs) and the move to one layer instead of two is apparently causing some issues with the finished display.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that Apple’s suppliers may be having issues with certain components, but we’ve also heard the same story over and over again throughout the years ahead of iPhone launches. And each year, any supposed issues always seem to be worked out ahead of launch.

Apple is expected to launch two new iPhone 6 models this year, possibly beginning with a 4.7-inch model on September 19th.

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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