Fingers have begun pointing at Sharp as the primary bottleneck, one of three suppliers for the in-cell touch display being used. Apple has also tapped Japan Display and LG Display
According to a recent Reuters report, Sharp says it's now producing "adequate volumes" of its panels for the iPhone 5, which should help Apple's supply situation with the device. CEO Tim Cook has already said the company sold out of its "initial supply" and is "working hard to build enough iPhone 5s for everyone" in a press release.
Expectations of iPhone 5 unit sales remain sky high, so Cupertino needs to scramble to satiate consumer demand for the device. That's especially true considering this is the most aggressive global iPhone rollout for Apple, which launched the device in an additional 22 countries on Friday as well as adding a handful of domestic regional carriers including Leap Wireless'
That's a lot of iPhones Apple needs to distribute, and the display is one of the most important components. Sharp needs to hurry up and churn out those displays posthaste.
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