Sharp is finally producing "adequate volumes" of displays, according to a company executive quoted by Reuters
. The wire agency notes that the displays are intended for the iPhone 5, and may indicate that shortages of the phone are about to ease up. Although the 5 set a record for Apple by selling 5 million units
over its launch weekend, analysts were expecting higher numbers, and have blamed the discrepancy on display supplies.
A source recently told Reuters
that at the end of August, Sharp was supposed to be mass-producing displays at its Kameyama plant, but ended up slipping behind schedule. The company was allegedly struggling to improve low production yields. The iPhone 5 is one of the first phones to use in-cell touchscreen technology, which meshes touch sensors into a display instead of keeping them separate. The novelty of the technology may be making it harder for Sharp to produce screens in bulk.
As it stands, the iPhone 5 is only shipping in three to four weeks from Apple's US online store
. It may be possible to pick one up by visiting first- or third-party retail stores, but even then it may be necessary to go in the morning to beat demand and get the right model.