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Foxconn is struggling to keep up with Iphone 5 demand

Apple's latest Iphone faces delays
Wed Nov 07 2012, 15:18
Apple iPhone 5 black

FOXCONN TECHNOLOGY GROUP has admitted that it's struggling to keep up with the demand for the Iphone 5, suggesting that Apple's latest smartphone could face delays.

Speaking at a business forum on Tuesday, Foxconn chairman Terry Gou said that the Chinese manufacturer is struggling to keep up with Apple's orders.

"It's not easy to make the Iphones. We are falling short of meeting the huge demand," he said, according to Reuters.

There are rumours that work had been shifted on to Foxconn International Holdings, a separate subsidiary, but Gou refused to comment on the speculation.

This follows reports that the Iphone 5 is tricky and difficult to build, with an unnamed Foxconn staffer last month telling the WSJ that it is "the most difficult device that Foxxcon has ever assembled".

It's unclear why the factory is having such a tough time putting together the Iphone 5, but it might be due to the handset's very thin aluminium chassis that houses a number of new features compared to Apple's previous Iphone models.

While Apple isn't likely to be happy that Foxconn is struggling to meet demand, this report is confirmation that the Iphone 5 is continuing to sell well two months after its release.

Apple has yet to respond to our request for comment. µ


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