Whenever Apple releases a new product, it usually sells out within the first day almost 99% of the time it seems. The company’s new iPhone 5 is over a month old already, but Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has said that the manufacturer is still struggling to keep up with the demand of the new device due to the complexity of making the iPhone 5.
Gou told a group of reporters after a business forum this week that “it’s not easy to make the iPhones. We are falling short of meeting the huge demand.” However, Gou wouldn’t confirm whether the manufacturer’s other unit, Foxconn International Holdings, has taken on some of the production of the iPhone 5.
Foxconn has already acknowledged that the iPhone 5’s complex design makes it the most difficult product that the manufacturer has ever assembled, and Apple’s decision to tighten quality control in Foxconn’s facilities in order to prevent damaged devices from being sent out has most likely played a role in the backed up production.
The iPhone 5’s current delay still sits at 3-4 weeks according to Apple’s online store, but it’s said that it’s easier to get hold of one at either an Apple retail stores or a carrier store. However, Foxconn is the world’s largest contract maker of electronics, so they not only have the iPhone 5 to deal with, but also other Apple products, as well as devices from Nokia, Sony, Nintendo, Dell, and more.