Apple iPhone 5 release date delays caused by screen shortages?

With just weeks to go until Apple is expected to officially unveil its next-generation smartphone, new reports have suggested that ‘manufacturing problems’ are set to cause a selection of iPhone 5 release date delays.

Widely expected to host an iPhone 5 launch event on September 12th, Apple’s repeatedly leaked September 21st iPhone 5 release date is reportedly under threat as issues in producing high quantities of the handset’s new 4-inch display are seemingly set to cause stock shortages and delays.

Sharp, one of three companies reportedly supplying screen components for Apple’s sixth-generation smartphone, is reportedly facing ‘manufacturing problems’ with an anonymous tipster suggesting the Japanese manufacturer had “fallen behind schedule” on its quota of iPhone 5 displays.

More complicated to mass produce than their conventional LCD counterparts, the new in-cell LCD displays, reportedly set to feature in Apple’s iPhone 4S follow-on, will see the eagerly awaited handset sport thinner and lighter display panels that ever before with the touch sensors being integrated within the LCD also helping reduce battery drain.

Citing an unnamed “person with knowledge of the situation,” the Wall Street Journal has suggested that despite Sharps original plans to begin shipping the new 4-inch iPhone 5 screen by the end of August, the Japanese tech giant has yet to begin production of the in-demand displays.

The most sought-after smartphone in history, a bevy of iPhone 5 rumours and leaks emerging in recent weeks and months suggesting the high-profile Samsung Galaxy S3 rival will play host to everything from an all new form factor to an A6 quad-core processor.

With the supposed new 4-inch display lining up as one of the most eagerly awaited additions to the iPhone 5, increasing the Apple handset’s size from 3.5-inches, the device is also tipped to sport a completely revised form factor as the glass backing of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S makes way for a new metallic finish.

Elsewhere, Apple is said to be ditching its longstanding 30-pin dock connector in favour of a new, repeatedly leaked 9-pin offering.  With the camera optics set to get a refresh, the handset looks likely to also benefit from wireless payment tech with an iPhone 5 NFC chip photographed.

With two further companies believed to be sharing the burden of manufacturing the new iPhone 5 displays, it is currently unclear to what degree Sharp’s delayed manufacturing could affect Apple’s long overdue handset.

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