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Report claims Apple is still dealing with iPhone XR production issues

Published Sep 25th, 2018 10:06AM EDT
iPhone XR Release Date
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Rumors from various sources said well before Apple’s mid-September iPhone event that the iPhone XR will be delayed to October. Apple was supposedly dealing with production issues that prevented it from launching the new handset in September. Apple never confirmed such reports, but the iPhone XR wasn’t released last week alongside the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. Instead, the iPhone XR will hit store shelves a month from now on October 26th. You should definitely preorder the phone if you hope to get one on the 26th though, because a new report says that Apple’s partners haven’t yet resolved some of the issues they’ve been facing.

Citing a report from Chinese language Economic Daily News, Digitimes says that Apple shifted more iPhone XR orders from Pegatron to Foxconn. Capacity constraints and delayed shipments of key components are slowing down production at Pegatron. Shortages of workers and lower-than-expected yield rates have also affected production at Pegatron.

The report notes that Foxconn was awarded 50% to 60% of the iPhone XR orders, with Pegatron getting the rest. But Apple has recently lowered Pegatron’s cut to below 30% while ramping up Foxconn orders “substantially.” On top of that, Apple may be dealing with another problem related to iPhone XR manufacturing. The supply of LCD screens from Japan Display has not been steady, the report notes.

Previous rumors detailing Apple’s production plans for the 2018 iPhones also said manufacturing issues with the iPhone XR’s LCD screens have slowed things down.

The iPhone XR is expected by some to become Apple’s best-selling new iPhone this year, thanks to its lower sticker price. The handset essentially delivers an iPhone XS experience when it comes to performance, with prices starting at $749 instead of $999. Preorders kick off on October 19th, a week before the October 26th launch date.

Last year, the iPhone X also saw a significant delay, and it wasn’t released until early November. The phone was sold out for several weeks ahead of Christmas as Apple struggled to meet huge demand, and we could see the same thing happen following the iPhone XR’s release.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.