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iPhone 5 production faces setback as screens delayed at Sharp

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:34PM EST

Demand for the next-generation iPhone is expected to be huge but the Wall Street Journal today says that Apple (AAPL) may not be able to keep up because Japanese manufacturer Sharp (SCHAY) has fallen behind schedule in producing iPhone screens. Unnamed sources told the Journal that Sharp has delayed production of the screens due to “manufacturing difficulties” and doesn’t yet have a timetable for when the screens will ship. This is particularly critical for Apple because Sharp is just one of three companies that manufacture iPhone screens along with LG Display (LPL) and Japan Display, although the Journal does say that it is still “unclear whether the delay at Sharp could lead to supply problems for Apple.”


Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.