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New Apple iPhone launch could be hampered by supply issues

New Apple iPhone launch could be hampered by supply issues

Reported manufacturing glitches could see supply shortfalls and delays after Apple's iPhone 8 launch

Tim Cook - CEO, Apple

Tim Cook - CEO, Apple

Apple's new iPhone hit production glitches early in its manufacturing process, which could lead to supply shortfalls and shipping delays following its launch next week, the Wall Street Journal has reported. 

The company's shares closed down 0.4 per cent at US$161.26.

The production glitches pushed the manufacturing process back by about a month, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment.

"There never appears to be a shortage of chatter about alleged production glitches at Apple but they seem to be able to crank out tens of millions of iPhones each quarter," BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk said in an email.

"I also doubt someone interested in a new iPhone will change brands if they have to wait a few months," he added.

Fans and investors are eagerly looking forward to the 10th anniversary iPhone 8 to see whether it will deliver enough new features to spark a new generation to turn to Apple.

The company is widely tipped to adopt higher-resolution OLED displays for the latest iPhone, along with better touchscreen technology and wireless charging - which could come with a US$1,000-plus price tag.

(Reporting by Sweta Singh and Arjun Panchadar in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)

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