Where are the iPhone Screens?

This article addressing the scarcity of iPhone screens was originally posted 6 months ago on our Binary Aether blog which I am currently retiring.

The world is currently in an iPhone screen drought. For the last four months, we have watched the supply of 4, 5 and 6 series screens dwindle and their prices go through the roof. As many of you already know, we usually sell out of our 5C screens before the post office can deliver them to our shop. I wanted to share with you today a little of what is behind this shortage of iPhone screens.

4 Main Hurdles for iPhone Screens:

  1. When the iPhone 6 was released a year ago, Apple had a shortage of 6 screens and they spent several months playing catch-up. This time around, with the release of the 6S (Sept. 25th), they are making sure that they don’t end up with the same dilemma. They began scooping up bulk orders of 6 series screens in order to be ready for the onslaught of repairs.

  2. There is also a rumor that the LCDs meant for the 4 and 5 series phones are being pulled for future production of a 6C phone. This 6C is still a whisper in the industry but what we have heard is that it will have the 4inch screen that was popular in the 4 and 5 series phones. This possible 6C phone is usually referred to in write-ups as an iPhone mini.

  3. Apple has given permission to three companies to build their screens: LG, Sharp, and Samsung. Due to problems with acquiring raw materials, LG isn't currently able to produce screens. This leaves Sharp and Samsung to pick up the slack. Because demand is so high and supply is so low (sorry to have to take you back to high school economics class), the price is climbing through the roof. Prices on iPhone screens have shot up 40% in just the last couple of months. All of the insiders say that prices will continue to rise through the beginning of next year at the very least.

  4. Finally, the Chinese manufacturers that were providing low price iPhone screens for repairs were hit hard by Apple earlier this year. You see, these manufacturers were using 20% – 25% of recycled materials from broken screens and the bulk of their materials was coming from a leak in the Apple supply chain. When Apple plugged up their leaks, it virtually put the Chinese manufacturers out of business.

What are we doing to try to ease this frustration?

We have added new companies to our already extensive list of parts suppliers. This should help to help fill the voids when screens become scarce.

Also, we are recycling all of the screens we can with reputable recyclers who will send their raw materials back to the manufacturers.
And last but not least, when the price begins to drop on these screens, we will drop our prices as well. We live on less than a shoe string budget like many of you and we understand the need for low prices on items that are a huge part of our day to day living.

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