The iPhone 5 is facing screen shortages the way things are looking. (Photo : Reuters)
Already pre-ordered the iPhone 5? If so, pat yourself on the back for some foresight, because if you haven't gotten a handset promised to you already, it might be awhile until you do.
Overwhelming demand for the iPhone 5 and supply constraints could mean that the Apple iPhone 5 may start rolling out a little slower as time goes by.
Within the first 24 hours of pre-orders, which began at 3:00 a.m. EDT on Friday, September 14, Apple said that two million iPhone 5s had already been sold. This shatters the previous record held by the iPhone 4S, which sold one million pre-orders in its first day.
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Apple original ship date for the iPhone 5 was September 21, when the next-gen handset will also hit stores. Now, the Apple website states that the iPhone 5 will be shipping out in two to three weeks, meaning an October ship date for those who didn't burn the midnight oil for the device.
Of course, you can still nab one in the Apple store when their doors open at 8:00 a.m. on September 21. Just keep in mind that people have already started lining up in front of stores.
On top of all of this, Nikkei business daily states that Sharp, manufacturer of iPhone 5 displays, is experiencing slow production, which could lead to shortages against the high demand. Website BGR stated earlier that Apple could face a reduction in supply by as much as 25 percent thanks to slow cogs in their supply chain. It looks like the new in-cell screen technology which helps make the iPhone 5 the thinnest iPhone ever (and even thinner than the Samsung Galaxy S3) is the device's supply roadblock.
Don't panic though, Apple will be doing everything it can to get as many iPhone 5s out throughout this holiday season. It's just that if you haven't pre-ordered it already, you will have to go the extra mile to have one in your hands before October hits.