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iPhone 5 Defect Could Limit Supply, Says Report

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The only thing worse than Cupertino toying with Apple fans' emotions with a later-than-expected launch date? Not having enough units on the shelves to satisfy demand. But as much as early adopters hate leaving a store empty-handed, they might find themselves in that predicament with the iPhone 5.

According to a new report from DigiTimes, a defect with the upcoming smartphone's screen could affect the company's shipment targets. Speaking with iPhone supply chain markers, the site was told that display supplier Wintek is running into a manufacturing problem during production. The defect is known as a "delayed bubble" and is reportedly difficult to avoid if it isn't detected during the lamination process.

Wintek would neither confirm nor deny the claims when contacted. But the good news is that Wintek's production of iPhone 5 touch panels is no different from the iPhone 4 process, and the delayed bubble defect could potentially be remedied quickly. Wintek also claims it will have no difficulty meeting shipping targets.

But, should the problem go deeper than expected, those early adopters could find themselves perusing eBay for a fix.

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