According to a report by WSJ, Sharp Corp. that is one of the three major suppliers of iPhone 5 screens to Apple hasn’t started the mass production of screens for the new iPhone yet. This delay in production could cause iPhone shortages for Apple as the device is expected to launch in the second or third week of next month. Sharp according to WSJ’s source has not started the production due to manufacturing difficulties. The report notes that other suppliers that include Japan Display Inc. and LG Display Co. have already started shipping screens for the new sixth generation iPhones to Apple.
Sharp, a major supplier of liquid crystal displays to Apple, had planned to start shipping iPhone screens by the end of August, the people said, but mass production has been delayed due in part to manufacturing difficulties. It remains unclear when the company can start shipping the LCD panels, one of the people said.
Sharp is one of the three suppliers of LCD panels for the next iPhone. The other two suppliers—Japan Display Inc. and South Korea’s LG Display Co. —have already started shipping the screens to Apple, according to other people familiar with the situation.
Although the delay in production could cause iPhone 5 shortages for Apple at launch, Juro Osawa WSJ’s notes that Sharp was also unable to start the shipments of iPad screens on time to Apple earlier this year, but this delay didn’t cause apparent supply shortages of the new tablet.
iPhone 5 or the new iPhone is expected to feature a 4-inch screen with in-cell technology equipped LCD. The new in-cell tech will allow Apple to make the sixth generation iPhone thinner.