A defect detected in some iPhone 5 touch panels could result in a short supply when Apple launches the next generation smartphone in October, according to a new report.
The defect, known as a “delayed bubble”, involves a bubble that appears between the panel and the lamination layer, though the fault is only found after the displays are sent out for assembly. The report by Digitimes claims that Wintek, one of the manufacturers that produces the touch panels, found the defect and is working on a remedy to quickly fix the issue. Though Wintek did not confirm the claim when contacted by Digitimes, instead the production company promised all of its products would be delivered on schedule.
While Taiwan-based TPK Holding accounts for 60-65% of the total production of touch panels used in iPhone 5, Wintek accounts for 20-25% and Chimei Innolux for the remainder. Apple?s iPhone 5 shipment goal for the fourth-quarter is in the 25-26 million unit range, according to the report. If these accounts hold true, Apple?s iPhone launch may once again be spoiled by anxious customers unable to get the latest smartphone.
According to the best information available, this smartphone is going to be announced early in October and hit store shelves several weeks later. It will supposedly have a slightly larger display than the current model, as well as an 8MP camera and other enhancements.