Ever since the recent Apple event, it is quite clear that the iPhone 7 Jet Black version will be a total head turner. Unfortunately, for consumers who opted for this iPhone model, the wait will just keep getting longer and longer.
According to recent reports, the Jet Black version of the iPhone 7 is facing supply shortage on a global scale. Shipments of new units since the pre-order date have now slipped as far as ?November.
During the launch, Apple boasted about the high-gloss finish of the iPhone Jet Black. In order to achieve this, each casing needs to undergo a precision nine-step anodization and polishing process.
This added complication in the manufacturing process presented some difficulties and resulted in low yields. Recent reports from KGI Securities revealed that Apple is only achieving around 60 to 70 percent yield on each batch of casings. Casings that did not pass Apple?s strict quality control standards would have to be retooled again.
Ming-Chi Kuo, a KGI Securities analyst, suggested that the iPhone 7 Jet Black shortage is brought about by a few reasons. Apart from low manufacturing yield, one of the reasons is the current Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall. The uncertainty with Samsung?s newest flagship phone has shifted some device sales to the iPhone base camp. On top of this, the initial demand for the iPhone 7 has been stronger than what was originally expected.
In comparison to last year, iPhone 6s units were shipped within 2 to 3 weeks of order. The same can be said for the other iPhone 7 models apart from the Jet Black version. Shipping delays on the Jet Black is further made worse by the production difficulties.
Kuo admitted that the demand for the new iPhone 7 is on its all time high at the moment. However, he still insisted that shipments for the new iPhone will still be not up to par to last year?s.
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