iPhone 6 screens rumored to be back in production after rumored setback

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Suppliers have supposedly re-established the production of iPhone 6 screens after a supposed minor setback. Production of components has been ramping up for the imminent launch, but display suppliers are reportedly working to make up for lost time caused by the backlight being revised by Apple. That's all according to Reuters:

Two supply chain sources said display panel production suffered a setback after the backlight that helps illuminate the screen had to be revised, putting screen assembly on hold for part of June and July. One said Apple, aiming for the thinnest phone possible, initially wanted to cut back to a single layer of backlight film, instead of the standard two layers, for the 4.7-inch screen, which went into mass production ahead of the 5.5-inch version.

But the new configuration was not bright enough and the backlight was sent back to the drawing board to fit in the extra layer, costing precious time and temporarily idling some screen assembly operations, the source said.

Companies making the screens include Japan Display, LG Display and Sharp, and they're now working "flat out" to make up for lost time.

It's not uncommon for Apple to hold tough demands and requirements on suppliers for its products as it competes with other tech companies with thinner, lighter and more advanced components. It's also not uncommon for mainstream publications to get stories like this entirely wrong.

Similar stories surface every year and yet, every year so far, Apple has gotten the iPhone out right on time. We'll have to see what happens this year when the iPhone 6 is announced. That announcement is widely expected to be made at an iPhone event on September 9.

How important is the thinness of the next iPhone to you? Does it need to be the thinnest in the world again?

Source: Reuters

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iPhone 6 screens rumored to be back in production after rumored setback


I like many have huge respect for Apple's design and manufacturing management capabilities. I do however hope that this urgent redesign that I can only imagine was done under great pressure and haste does not create an unexpected debacle once in the hands of eager customers with high expectations.

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In other words, it will get light and then dark...and then light etc.

Production of every new iPhone has this identical story...every. Single. One.

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People who need to meet an article quota write it, others needing to do the same quote it on their tech blog sites. It's all about eyeballs-to-ads, not news :-(

iPhone production setback, expect delays. iWatch not ready, will be released next year. iTV in testing due next Xmas.
It's like shooting fish in a barrel.

What is Apple's fascination with producing the thinnest phone possible? Add a few millimeters and put in a larger battery!

Right you are, guess all of us look for a phone with more battery endurance. By the way the thinnest phone of the world might not feel comfortable in our hands anymore.

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We want a good battery life rather than thinnest phone in the universe. I am pretty much pleased with the "thinness" of iPhone 5/5s

I do not want a super-thin phone, since it will make it prone to bending and warping if placed on a back pocket, as I usually use mine. The 4 - 4S thickness is perfect for me. The extra space can house a bigger battery.

If there weren't so many rumors and leaks and people who work for the manufactures kept their mouths shut, you'd never hear about delays. Its because of the level of interest, I get it. But you just don't hear these things from nearly every other company, and the same production issues happen at nearly every other company.

It'll be released when its released. Rumors make semi-interesting reading, but they serve no purpose. People who say "Apple can't cut it any more" are incorrect.

If Apple is able to determine which suppliers are leaking all this info you can bet that their business relationship will be at best strained , and at worst done for.

On the second point, the reason we don't hear about rumors regarding other devices is that there is not as passionate followings for Android phones. At least not the degree of iPhones.