Current and next-gen Apple kit could be increasingly scarce in months to come, following an explosion at its key manufacturing partner last week.
A blast at a Foxconn plant in Chengdu, China, on Friday resulted in the death of three workers and injured a further 15 people. It has also purportedly caused the closure of the area of the factory where the incident occurred for up to a month, as an investigation is conducted into the cause.
A gap in production at the plant arising from the closure is sure to put further strain on iDevice supplies, amid higher than expected demand for the iPad 2 and ongoing strong sales of the current and older-generation iPhones.
Speculation is also mounting that the closure could influence the release date of the iPhone 5, which many already expected will be delayed until September or November.
These pertain to component shortages caused by the Japanese earthquake disaster and a shortfall in manpower at Foxconn.
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