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New iPhone in high demand, possibly short supply

Reports of display screen production delays could limit iPhone 5 availability at launch, affecting business professionals planning to purchase the device for work.

Reports of display screen production delays could limit iPhone 5 availability at launch, affecting business professionals planning to purchase the device for work.

In most situations, IT initiatives are mapped out well in advance. It's not like one goes down to a local computer store and buys equipment for an entire company's critical operations on a whim. That being said, things do not always go according to plan.

Last week several news outlets reported that Sharp – a Japanese manufacturer making display screens for the upcoming iPhone 5 – ran into production delays. Although no official reason has been offered for the setback, many industry experts are suggesting it could be due to the higher costs associated with building the new, thinner screens.

"To make the new iPhone thinner, Apple is said to use a new type of display, called in-cell panels that uses touch sensors inside the color filters of the screen," writes Daniel Ionescu for PCWorld. "Current iPhones use on-cell technology, which places the touch sensors on top of the color filters. This would allow for slimmer screens, some 0.5mm at least."

Apple is widely expected to officially announce the new iPhone – along with some other product line updates – at a September 12 press event. Historically, the company's newly announced products are made available for purchase within weeks of their unveiling.

How this delay will affect the supply of new iPhones at product launch remains to be seen.

In this age of touchscreen devices and mobile applications, small and midsize businesses (SMBs) are using products like the iPhone and iPad for critical company functions. The best IT support companies follow manufacturing trends and help SMBs adjust their technology strategies when such delays happen.

Contingency plans are essential in making sure that productivity does not decline and daily operations can continue until supply chain and other issues are worked out.