Foxconn employs more than one million people in China to manufacture new smartphones, tablets and other gadgets, but a new report from The Wall Street Journal claims the company may be struggling to meet early demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The combination of record-breaking pre-orders and two new iPhone models is apparently overwhelming Foxconn’s assembly lines.
Apple has made an effort in recent years to decrease its dependence on Foxconn, but it sounds like Cupertino is leaning pretty heavily on the Chinese manufacturer to launch the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. According to WSJ, the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus is being handled entirely by Foxconn, while the 4.7-inch model is mostly in the company’s hands as well. Last year the Chinese powerhouse assembled every single iPhone 5s but only a small fraction of iPhone 5c models.
The news appears to confirm our fears that supplies for the iPhone 6 Plus could be limited at launch, even with Foxconn spitting out smartphones faster than ever before. “We have been churning out 140,000 iPhone 6 Plus and 400,000 iPhone 6 every day, the highest daily output ever,” one anonymous insider said. “The volume is still not enough to meet the pre-orders.” Another source revealed to WSJ that about half of all displays produced for the 5.5-inch smartphone have failed to meet Apple’s standards.
If you were lucky enough to grab an early pre-order for the iPhone 6 Plus or you’re willing to camp out at the Apple Store you might just be able to grab it at launch. If not it looks like you’ll have to wait a few more weeks or opt for the smaller iPhone 6 instead.