The iPhone 5 has been sold over five-million times. By September 2013, Apple’s iPhone 5 is expected to sell in the region of 170.7-million devices. It’s no surprise then that the current shortage is driven not by desire, but by inherent hardware challenges. The iPhone 5’s all-in-one screen, developed by LG, is so painstaking to make that it has caused delivery bottlenecks. Apple is of course trying its best to remedy this heinous travesty of justice.
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The eye of the storm
Apple knows that it can’t rely on LG alone to meet the demands of an iPhone-hungry public. That’s why it has enlisted the help of Sharp, Japan’s biggest LCD manufacturers, to pump out extra screens to meet the “unprecedented” demand. Previous iPhone had a display cooked up of three distinct parts: the touch screen component, an LCD display and the Gorilla Glass screen. It’s an iconic wafer of glass and circuits now superseded by the iPhone 5’s in-cell screen technology.
It has been called the best screen ever made, so is Apples pride now its downfall? Not in the slightest. Tim Cook has even gone on record to ease new iPhone buyers, saying that “We are working hard to get an iPhone 5 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible. While we have sold out of our initial supply, stores continue to receive iPhone 5 shipments regularly and customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date.” Despite the minor hiccups, expect everyone you know, or will ever know, to have an iPhone 5, soon.