Apple's iPhone 6S/6S+ outpacing 6/6+ preorders but could face supply issues

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As of this morning, Apple is claiming that preorders of its upcoming iPhone 6S and 6S+ are outpacing those of last year's iPhone 6 and 6+, which reached 10 million orders by launch day. With all of that success comes a greater stress on production, and a new report surfacing shows Apple may not be able to fully deliver on launch day.

According to KGI Securities, Apple is now claiming a 3-4 week delay on shipments of its larger iPhone 6S+. KGI notes that a slower production problem exists with the display of the iPhone 6S+, mostly attributed to the manufacturing company Minebea. KGI had this to say about the current situation:

We believe Radiant is receiving rush orders, because Minebea is having production issues. This tells us that Radiant is more skilled at producing backlight module for 6S Plus given its accumulated abundant experience supplying the backlight module for iPad mini (a similar size to 6S Plus). To accelerate availability, we believe Apple has been transferring substantial 6S Plus backlight module orders to Radiant. As such, we estimate the company’s iPhone 6S Plus backlight module orders to increase by 70-80% to 4-5mn units in September, boosting its order allocation from 35-45% to 70-80%

If the report is accurate, this will be good news for Radiant, but it will be bad news for those that are ordering the iPhone 6S+ and expecting it to ship by day 1. KGI estimates that Apple will be able to deliver only 1.5-2.5 million total iPhone 6S+ devices by launch day (9/25/15). There is currently no supply shortage being reported for the iPhone 6S.

Source: 9to5Mac

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