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Despite huge investment it’s made in production lines, workers, sophisticated machinery and tooling equipment, Foxconn, the world’s largest contract fabricator, is having issues keeping up with massive iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus demand, The Wall Street Journal’s Digits blog reported Wednesday.

“For iPhone 6 Plus, we are still ramping up the production line,” sources tell WSJ. ”Another reason for the limited supply is the shortage of 5.5-inch displays”.

Another person at a display component supplier told the paper that Foxconn is scrapping almost half of the 5.5-inch panels due to quality control issues. The output rate of the 4.7-inch display is reportedly better at 85 percent.

Manufacturing woes stem from the in-cell display technology which allows for a thinner and lighter screen assembly by integrating touch sensors into the liquid crystal display.

Citing unnamed sources, the financial newspaper said that Foxconn assembles the larger 5.5-inch device exclusively at its factory in Zhengzhou. The 4.7-inch variant is being predominantly assembled by Foxconn, the report notes.

Back in July, Reuters said both Foxconn and Pegatron would build the new iPhones.

So, how big is the production of the iPhone 6?

It’s massive: the article states that Foxconn’s factory in Zhengzhou employs more than a whopping 200,000 workers who assemble the handsets and build key components such as metal casings.

In other words, building the iconic smartphone requires about one-fifth of the more than one million workers that Foxconn employs in China. In the past year or so, rumors circulated that Foxconn was deploying thousands of sophisticated robots to help human workers assemble iPhones.

Foxconn operates about a hundred iPhone production lines in Zhengzhou.

The source familiar with the matter says the manufacturer has been producing about 140,000 iPhone 6 Plus and 400,000 iPhone 6 models every day, its highest daily output ever.

Despite high volume, the handset remains in short supply as pre-orders have sold out within mere minutes in many markets around the world.

iPhone 6 (Apple Store,3-4 weeks delivery)

Apple on Monday said it’s sold four million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders within first 24 hours.

At post time, the company’s web store in the United States estimated delivery times for new iPhone 6 Plus orders at 3-4 weeks, meaning people who order theirs now won’t see it shipped before October.

The 4.7-incher ships within seven to ten business days.

Note that some (but not all) walk-up customers stand a chance to put their hands on the sought-after handset as Apple’s stores are well-stocked ahead of major launches.

[WSJ Digits blog]

  • Maxim∑

    I can’t even handle waiting 1 week

  • Willian Viana

    off topic – Has apple shipped your iPhone 6 already? My delivery date is for Sep 19 and on the tracking page it is still preparing for shipment :/

    • On the att page I ordered from it says preparing for shipment as well. Ordered 6+ 128gb. Clearly it’s not coming for me till first week of October, so instead I’ve decided to have fun and purchase accessories for my device off ebay and amazon.

    • Litchy

      Don’t worry. My iPhone 6 64GB is also still saying preparing for shipping although it is supposed to arrive Sep 19

    • Chang in Charge

      same here 6+ preparing for shipment supposed to arrive on Sep 19

      • apple nut

        mine has been picked up by fed ex and is in holding deliver for the 19th

  • #WatchDogs

    Fail 😉

    • #WatchDogs

      Ipad mini (ios 6-…)

      • appletimemac

        Either that or Apple had it running that internally. Which, since iOS 4/5 there were additional iPads that were not announced. A lot of them.

  • Guest

    Lol 😉

  • Adam

    One thing I don’t understand is that I ordered 2 hours after the preorders finally opened last Friday. And it is still showing 3-4 weeks?

  • JulianZH

    I guess I’m getting it next year…

  • Taterload

    Where’s the benefit in staying up late to preorder only to still have to wait 3-4 weeks but you will have a supply at your stores for people to just walk in on the day of and get one? It says first come first serve and I do believe preorders come first. Giving it to the people coming to the stores is like cutting line. Let the stores be on back order 3-4 weeks and fulfill your preorders.

    • That’s how it should be! If you preorder online then you should be first to be sent the devices. If stores don’t have them that’s because they sold out via the internet. All companies should also be sending out devices in order of which they were processed. Clearly that’s not happening right now. Its a big mess.

    • Fanboy 

      You guys should open up your own technology business then so yall can have this awesome system set up 😀

    • have_gun_will_travel

      Some of the people that are just going to “walk in and get one” have been waiting in that line for over a week. Yes, I want one as quickly as I can get it (my order (from AT&T) shows “Preparing for Shipment” but my estimate delivery date is Oct 14-22), but I’m NOT waiting in a line for a week. I’ll wait until the delivery man can bring it to my door.

  • Jamessmooth

    Anyone having issues with ATT preorders AFTER they preordered? My bro ordered right away, got a friday delivery date, then yesterday it was updated to 3 weeks.

    • Yep that’s the exact issue with att right now. They keep slipping on dates. Mine was originally suppose to be here Friday and hasn’t been updated at all other then to say first week in October. I chatted with ATT and called, both have said no tracking information is available yet. AH!

      • Jamessmooth

        Good to know. I thought about ordering thru ATT, now I’m glad I didn’t!

  • Xee

    An output rate of 50% on the iPhone Plus screens!!?

    Glad I have not preordered, sounds like there might be potential screen issues. Also Foxconn will be pressured in to getting production up and so a few bad eggs might slip through the quality control checks.

    Let the first batch buyers be the guinea-pigs lol…!

  • coolstarorg

    Whish I could afford it