When it comes to the iPhone 5 production process there are a number of different companies that need to keep on schedule for everything to come together in time for the release date, so if any of these elements slip in the production process then this could cause some major problems for Apple. Sadly it seems this is exactly what’s happening with the iPhone 5 screens, which is said to be the job of Sharp.
Once all the new iPhone 5 parts are created they are assembled at one of the well-known factories Apple uses, although if one part is missing this final process cannot be completed or at least would mean a smaller number of finished units would ship. You can imagine what problems this would cause at the iPhone 5 launch, if Apple couldn’t meet a certain demand, although it is very likely they could never make enough iPhone 5’s to meet the overwhelming demand expected. We spoke about the usual disruption expected in a previous article, and that same post also highlighted a recent slip in units being ready for launch and as such meant a smaller forecast for sales.
You can read the finer details of Sharp apparently slipping with production in this article, although a spokeswoman had been vague about the problems being related to the iPhone 5. The LCD plant in question is well known for making Apple screens, so it is fair to say this rumor is pretty solid.
The good news is Apple don’t just use one supplier for making screens, and we’ve heard about LG Display Co and Japan Display also being used to help with making iPhone 5 screens. The expected design for the displays has been rumored as radically different, which should help to create a thinner iPhone 5, or at least make room for other internal parts and a bigger battery. You can read about Apple simplifying their supply logistics in this article, which looks at the next display being thinner by around 0.5mm.
What will you do to make sure you’re one of the first to receive an iPhone 5 in 2012, if you want one that is? The normal process of ordering the latest Apple product involves hitting the online store right away after the launch, and then being hit with broken pages in most cases or slow loading pages. We’ve ordered all 5 generations of iPhone, and not once has Apple managed to not run into a slow loading website right after launch. It seems no matter how many billions you have, there is only so much traffic a website can handle and this includes Apple.