iPhone 6s Plus Backlight Production Issues May Constrain Initial Supplies


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According to a note to investors by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 6s Plus is expected to see limited supply at launch, due to the device’s backlight production issues. AppleInsider is reporting that the said issues are faced by Apple supplier Minebea, as a result of which Apple has now placed rush orders with competing supplier Radiant to address the problem. After the official Sept. 25 launch, shipping times for the iPhone 6s Plus have already been pushed out 3 to 4 weeks.

“Kuo expects a more severe shortage of the iPhone 6s Plus at launch, chiefly due to alleged production bottlenecks with the backlight module. 

Radiant and Apple have worked together before, as the supplier creates backlight modules for the iPad mini. Given the fact that the iPad mini’s 7.9-inch screen is relatively close to the iPhone 6s Plus’s 5.5-inch display, Kuo believes Radiant may be “more skilled” at producing backlight modules in that size range than Minebea”.

KGI Securities now believes that new orders from Apple will boost Radiant’s supply of iPhone 6s Plus backlights from about 40% to as high as 80%.

It must be noted that Apple has touted the iPhone 6s / 6s Plus launch in 12 countries including China, as bigger than the iPhone 6 launch, which debuted in 9 countries.


  • Reza Andrew Kharrazi

    My order for a space gray 6s plus 128GB was placed at 4:00am. EST on Sep 12th and up until today it was showing October 1-7 delivery. Now it shows October 7-14 delivery.

  • Jezzah

    I’m glad I got a reservation for mine at an Apple Store on launch day. Afaik those are guaranteed stock yes?

  • Yes

  • vicky7722

    The pre order starts at right just 12:05am PT in Canada, i placed order at 12:05am, almost an hour before you placed your order, and i got confirmation at 12:07am PT, and it shows delivery Oct.6-13, i have nothing to say, and do not know how is that even possible.

  • Reza Andrew Kharrazi

    Actually it starts st 12:01 PT…. I’m quite aware of that Vicky … I order a phone every year the very first minutes.
    This year I was out of country and my time difference messed up my plan !

    It’s really interesting that at 12:05 you didn’t get first day delivery !

    Mind you this year they’re launching in 12 countries as opposed to 9 last year !