Demand for the iPhone 5 has been high and initial figures indicated that Apple’s latest smartphone is selling very well, with five million units over the first availability weekend — and two million units in the first 24 hours of pre-orders.
Foxconn, the company responsible for building the phones, has been struggling with quality issues in the beginnings which might have led to a slower production rate but now we’re hearing that increased demand is also a problem for the Chinese assembler.
Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou said that “it’s not easy to make the iPhones. We are falling short of meeting the huge demand”. However, the Chairman declined to comment on the rumors that Foxconn International Holdings, the other unit of the group, has been helping with production. The iPhone 5 is still listed as shipping between three-to-four weeks on Apple’s US store, as well as other European instances of its website.