Apple’s new iPhone 5 uses new display technology, the new technology is called in-cell display and the touch sensors are integrated directly into the display rather than being in a separate layer like on the iPhone 4S.
Apple announced yesterday that they had sold 5 million iPhone 5’s in the first weekend, this was below what many analysts had been expecting, but Apple also noted that they had completely sold out of their initial supply of the iPhone 5.
The 5 million figure did not take into account devices that had been ordered but not yet shipped out to customers, and according to a number of reports Apple could have sold considerably more than 5 million units if it had the stock.
Apple apologized in its press release for not having enough of the iPhone 5 to meet the demand, and now it would appear the reason for the shortages of the iPhone 5 is because of the new In Cell displays which are used in the iPhone 5.
According to various reports, Apple’s manufacturing partners are increasing their supply of these new displays in order to meet demand, so it looks like it will be a few more weeks before the new iPhone 5 becomes more readily available, Apple is still showing shipping times of 3 to 4 weeks on its website.
Have a look at our handy guide on the difference between the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5
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