Apple reportedly faces supply chain snafu ahead of iPhone 6 launch

Apple suppliers are struggling to prepare screens for the iPhone 6 on time after the Cupertino-based company decided to redesign a critical part, Reuters reported Friday.

Supply chain sources told the news agency that it is still unclear whether or not the problem will throw a wrench into Apple’s plans to launch new phones this fall. The company reportedly plans to roll out iPhones with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens.

Striving for the thinnest screens possible, Apple instructed suppliers to use half the usual amount of backlight film, Reuters reported. But the suppliers were forced to revert to the standard design when the screens proved too dark, throwing off their delicate deadlines. Supply chain workers are now reportedly toiling overtime to get back on track.

Apple’s demands for suppliers have crimped production schedules before. Last year, screen problems constrained supplies of the newly launched, high-resolution model of the iPad Mini, Reuters noted.

Regardless of the supply chain snafu, Apple will have to confront the typically sky-high expectations for its product launches. Buoyed by excitement for the iPhone 6, Apple shares reached an all-time high earlier this week.

Apple suppliers are reportedly struggling to make enough screens before the company launches new phones this fall. (Pixabay)

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Julia Love is a technology reporter covering Apple for the Mercury News. She previously covered the federal courts for The Recorder and American Lawyer Media. She is a Southern California native and alumna of Duke University.