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Sharp now making 'adequate volumes' of iPhone 5 displays

updated 12:24 pm EDT, Fri September 28, 2012

May signal end to deep iPhone shortages

Sharp is finally producing "adequate volumes" of displays, according to a company executive quoted by Reuters. The wire agency notes that the displays are intended for the iPhone 5, and may indicate that shortages of the phone are about to ease up. Although the 5 set a record for Apple by selling 5 million units over its launch weekend, analysts were expecting higher numbers, and have blamed the discrepancy on display supplies.

A source recently told Reuters that at the end of August, Sharp was supposed to be mass-producing displays at its Kameyama plant, but ended up slipping behind schedule. The company was allegedly struggling to improve low production yields. The iPhone 5 is one of the first phones to use in-cell touchscreen technology, which meshes touch sensors into a display instead of keeping them separate. The novelty of the technology may be making it harder for Sharp to produce screens in bulk.

As it stands, the iPhone 5 is only shipping in three to four weeks from Apple's US online store. It may be possible to pick one up by visiting first- or third-party retail stores, but even then it may be necessary to go in the morning to beat demand and get the right model.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Zanziboy

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    Joined: 08-27-08

    That's really good news for Sharp (and Apple). Sharp has been through the ringer despite having a lot of technology assets.

  1. blahblahbber


    Joined: 02-01-05

    Originally Posted by ZanziboyView Post

    That's really good news for Sharp (and Apple). Sharp has been through the ringer despite having a lot of technology assets.

    Problem was Sharp relied on the LCD/Plasma industry for more than half the revenues...

    In general, tech giants are currently restructuring to turn around and make a profit while economies try to get a foothold...

    Like GE said:

    Expect weakness in Europe, slow recovery in US, even slower but still healthy recover in China, and sustained expansion in resource-rich economies including Canada, Australia, and parts of Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa.

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