Supplies of Apple's iPhone will be far below the company's plan and most likely not sufficient enough to keep up with the presumably strong early consumer demand.
Apple's iPhone production has hit a speed bump due to display screen shortages, says Rodman Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar, whose sources include Apple supply and manufacturing partners.
Kumar says the shortage has forced Apple's contract manufacturers to cut the iPhone's monthly production rate to 2 million a month, down from the planned rate of 4 million iPhones a month."Because production will be about half, a lot of demand will be left unsatiated," says Kumar. The component shortage comes as demand for the new iPhone builds to record proportions. Apple said this week that pre-sales were running 10 times higher than previous levels for the iPhone 3GS. Apple representatives were not immediately available for comment.
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