The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are likely to continue to be in short supply for weeks yet, it has emerged, amid reports that Apple’s main manufacturing partner is being overwhelmed by huge demand.
Output from Foxconn factories across China is reportedly at record levels, with 200,000 workers toiling on iPhone 6 production lines at the company’s Zhengou plant alone.
But that’s still leaving carriers and retailers short of stock even before the phones officially hit retail on September 19th, according to The Wall Street Journal.
It seems a major cause is the low yield rate for the 5.5-inch screens for the iPhone 6 Plus, which stands at a disappointing 50%-60%. Those that don’t meet Apple’s standards are scrapped.
A source cited by the august financial news site said: "We have been churning out 140,000 iPhone 6 Plus and 400,000 iPhone 6 every day, the highest daily output ever, but the volume is still not enough to meet the preorders.
"For iPhone 6 Plus, we are still ramping up the production line. Another reason for the limited supply is the shortage of 5.5-inch displays."
Pre-orders for the phone directly from Apple and via UK networks started just after 8am on September 12th.
Within minutes, sites hawking the handsets were crippled by the sheer weight of traffic, as would-be owners rushed to be first to own a next-gen iPhone.
The waiting times for customers pre-ordering the iPhone 6 are now up to a month. And with no sign of demand abating for weeks or even months yet, it’s optimistic to expect the availability constraints to improve any time soon.