iPhone 7 Is Facing Supply Issues – Will Apple Extend the Actual Launch Date?
Both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus might be facing supply shortage issues just weeks before their imminent arrival to the smartphone market. While Apple will not be able to extend the official announcement date of the smartphones, it may be forced to extend the actual global release date of both devices till the supply number shows much more agreeable numbers.
Faulty Components Are the Core Reason Behind Apple’s iPhone 7 Supply Problems
Macrumors reports that an industry source close to the matter has stated the following regarding supply issues:
“If Apple sticks to its launch schedule from last year, there may not be enough supply at the beginning, as some suppliers are still trying to fix low yield rates of their components”.
As stated earlier, Apple will not be able to extend the data of iPhone 7’s official announcement, and while that’s commendable of the company, it could lead to disastrous results, such as low yield rates, higher costs for manufacturers, and subsequently less volume to deliver to customers. According to Yuanta Investment Consulting analyst Jeff Pu, he is under the impression that total number of iPhone 7 builds will be 10 million less than that of the iPhone 6s which was released last year.
“We estimate total iPhone 7 builds to be 74 (million) in 2H16F, compared to 84 (million) for iPhone 6s in 2H15. Together with pricing pressure, we expect most Apple food chain suppliers to see (year-on-year) revenue decline for the rest of the year.”
Apple’s iPhone 7 is expected to be announced on September 9, with a release date that could be in between the September 16-23 period. The smartphone has been reported to come with better waterproofing capabilities than its predecessor, along with an A10 chipset, slightly bigger battery life and a storage model that will boast capacity as high as 256GB. Let us hope that the launch date of the smartphone is not delayed any further than it needs to be.