Labor and Materials Shortages Could Impact iPhone 4 Shipments

By , May 12, 2011

If you are currently sporting an iPhone 3GS or older model and are thinking you might not be able to hold out for the next product refresh, you may want to grab an iPhone 4 while it’s still available.

DigiTimes is reporting that Taiwan-based manufacturing firm Foxconn is facing a shortage of both labor and materials at its China plants. This will likely affect shipments of Apple’s new iPad 2 tablet and the popular iPhone 4…

Foxconn has publicly addressed the rumor, emphasizing that they are doing everything in their power to satisfy their clients’ needs. The manufacturer, who is no stranger to bad publicity, declined comment on whether the labor shortages will cause delays in shipments, but it seems imminent.

Although Foxconn claims that they have experience “arranging manpower to assist its clients in reaching their goals,” they might have trouble dealing with the overwhelming demand for Apple products. Last quarter, the Cupertino company shipped 18 million iPhones worldwide, and they aren’t showing any signs of slowing down.

Combine the manufacturer’s struggles with ongoing issues in wake of the disasters that Japan experienced earlier this year, and we might see some serious supply constraints for the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 in the coming months.

I for one find it ironic that the company that forces employees to sign the “I will not commit suicide” waver is experiencing labor shortages. The real questions here is, will these problems effect the launch date of the next iPhone?

What do you think?

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  • Young Money

    Pretty heavy news day on iDB.

    • Tito Georgie

      LOL !

  • cripo

    “I will not commit suicide” lol

  • monkey

    big deal.
    more like cutting back on production since iPhone 5 is around the corner and the demand for it have gone down

  • Hakan

    i can have a new phone in July
    Should i get the white iPhone 4 or wait for the new one?

    • G Funk

      I can have a new phone now but imma wait for the iPhone 5. You’ll feel so bad when you realize you can’t get the new iPhone.

  • http://rulethenation.com Pukka

    Wait for the new one. I’m sure apple has other factories working on parts and production just incase one can’t meet the demands.

  • Potamus

    Poor foxconn workers, doing graveyard shifts, double shifts and even triple shifts — in that prison-factory, to make the 18 million figure… only to end up commiting suicide due to stress. Those poor bastards.

    Life’s pretty unfair…

    • Alec

      Life in a communist country.. I actually feel bad for them.

  • Jim

    Bull,

    this is the same tactics that the big oil uses. speculate and speculate some more. unemployment is at all time high all over the world so people in that part of the world will work for next to nothing so I don’t buy this story at all.

  • http://www.accesoires-pascher.fr accessoires iphone222

    now, i want to wait for Iphone 5

  • http://trendy-mobilephones.blogspot.com Maadi

    Iphone 4 come people got crazy to buy it. now iphone 5…i can say lust of buying new product…