Production Delays to Cause iPhone 4 Shortages

iPhone 4 inventories will likely be limited all summer thanks to multi-touch display shortages, according to Rodman Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar.

The information about Apple’s iPhone 4 component issues comes from manufacturers and iPhone parts suppliers. “Because production will be about half, a lot of demand will be left unsatiated,” Mr. Kumar said.

Apparently Apple is having issues obtaining the plane switching displays the new iPhone model uses. Mr. Kumar’s sources claim the production issues should be under control in time for the holiday buying season.

Apple is facing higher than expected demand for its still unreleased iPhone 4. The company began accepting pre-orders on June 15 for the June 24 launch.

High pre-order volume left many potential customers frustrated when servers stalled, leaving them unable to complete the order process. By the 16th, Apple pushed new pre-order deliveries out to July 14, and AT&T and Best Buy eventually stopped accepting new orders.

The iPhone 4 will be available on June 24 in several countries, and Apple plans to expand distribution out to 88 countries by September.

[Thanks to TheStreet for the heads up.]