The iPhone 5 may be in short supply and could even be delayed, after it emerged that one of the companies charged with manufacturing screens are struggling to keep up with demand.
According to sources cited by Reuters, Sharp is behind target with the larger, four-inch screens that will be perhaps the key differentiator from earlier models.
The manufacturing problems relate to keeping down costs of the screens, which are purportedly jeopardising profits Sharp expected to turn from supplying Apple with components.
So grave is the situation that Apple is considering offering Sharp extra financial incentives to fulfil its quota of orders, the site claims.
Reports come as the attention of the world turns Apple-wards with the iPhone 5 supposedly just weeks away from coming to market.
The Cupertino-based tech giant is expected to unveil its sixth smartphone on September 12th, with the handset scheduled to officially go on sale on September 21st.
As well as more screen space, the iPhone 5 is thought to feature an A6 quad-core processor to give it twice the brawn of the current-gen model and Near Field Communications (NFC) technology for contactless payments.