According to a Reuters report, a Sharp executive said the company was “struggling to improve low production yields” of the smartphone’s new 4in, in-panel switching (IPS) display, while another source confirmed the Japanese manufacturer began producing the displays in August but had fallen behind schedule. Alongside Sharp, Apple sources the displays from Japan Display and LG Display.
The overwhelming interest in Apple’s sixth-generation smartphone exhausted pre-order supply in under an hour. Currently Australians have to wait three-to-four weeks for an iPhone 5 to ship from Apple.
Analysts have lowered financial expectations for Apple’s December quarter due to the delays.