Manufacturing challenges presented by the iPhone 5’s design mean it will remain in short supply for the foreseeable future, one of Apple’s key Chinese partners has disclosed.
According to Terry Gou, head of Foxconn’s parent company Hon Hai, problems making the phone have persisted since its launch back in late September. These are apparently so endemic that the company is shipping “far fewer” iPhone 5 handsets that Apple is asking for.
Gou told reports at an economic powwow: "We still can't meet Apple's quality standards.
"Market demand is very strong, but we just can't really fulfil Apple's requests."
Gou didn’t elucidate exactly what’s causing the delays. However, they’re thought to relate to issues with the iPhone 5’s finish that some claim is unduly prone to scratches.
Foxconn’s problems with meeting Apple’s targets will also have been impacted by industrial action earlier this year at the company’s facilities in the run up to the launch of the iPhone 5.
Ironically, these stemmed partly from unrealistic workloads for staff, as the company's rank and file toiled to meet Apple’s order numbers.