Osaka: Production of Sharp Corp’s screens for Apple Inc’s latest iPhone is behind schedule as the Japanese display maker struggles with low production yields, a source close to the matter told Reuters on Friday.
Apple, which is also tapping other suppliers such as Japan Display and South Korea’s LG Display Cofor the new, thinner displays, is planning a major launch on 12 September. That has raised expectations that the product will be its latest iPhone model.
Sharp President Takashi Okuda said on 2 August that his company would begin mass production and shipments from its Kameyama LCD plant in central Japan this month. The facility is widely known to make screens for Apple, but Sharp has declined to acknowledge that Apple is a customer.
Kameyama “is operational,” Sharp spokeswoman Miyuki Nakayama said, declining to give details of either output or shipment levels.
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