Apple Rejects Catcher's 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Casings Over Defects

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    In April, it was reported that Catcher Technology would be supplying Apple with metal casings for the iPhone 6. Now, China's Economic Daily News (via Digitimes) reports that Apple has rejected Catcher's iPhone 6 chassis, instead choosing to place short term orders with longtime supply partners Jabil and Foxconn.

    Apple reportedly had issues with defects found in the connecting areas between the plastic and metal parts within the casings, which was caused by Catcher's anodizing process. The issues with the casings may take 2-3 months to fix, which may require Apple to rely on other supply partners.

    Apple's 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is expected to go into mass production last month for a launch this fall. Reports have also suggested that Apple will also launch a larger, 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6 at some point, with Bloomberg noting yesterday that Apple may launch both sizes of the device at the same time. In addition to a larger screen, the iPhone 6 is expected to include a thinner design, a faster A8 processor, an improved camera, and more.

    Article Link: Apple Rejects Catcher's 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Casings Over Defects
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2002
    Tokyo, Japan
    Can't wait!

    Oh yes you can.

    I guess I can.

  3. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2010
    So many suppliers and manufacturers in the supply chain, each with a workforce across many different roles...

    I am surprised how few leaks we get of products. It does seem that the majority of companies, and people, have integrity.
  4. macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2012
    That is what Tim cook specializes in , I don't know how he does it honestly !
  5. macrumors member

    Dec 17, 2006
    Where's the proofreader?

    "Apple's 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is expected to go into mass production last month for a launch this fall."
  6. macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2011
    Typing in the right tense is hard. In such a hurry to get minor news out they cannot proof read the stories.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2010
    Yet everytime a couple of images were leaked, the arm chair executives on here act like they can do a better job.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2012
    Alright... at this point we are ready to cue in the <4.7" iPhone is too big> crowd :D
  9. macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2004
    You say "have integrity". I say "fear reprisal".
  10. macrumors 65816


    Jul 11, 2008
    Well, I'm expected to be born in 1976.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2010
    Remember how hard the black and slate iPhone 5 was to manufacture? I hope we won't see scuffs in the iPhone 6.
  12. macrumors regular

    May 24, 2012
  13. macrumors 6502


    Apr 27, 2014
    It would seem at this point they would already have all the bugs worked out if they plan on releasing the phone in two months or so.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2013
    Just In Time manufacturing at it's best :D
  15. macrumors 68020

    Apr 2, 2008
    Both phones are going to be announced at the same time . Maybe they'll be released separately, but we'll probably see both on September 9th/10th .
  16. macrumors 68030


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    Is it me or does Apple seem to have more problems with each release? I don't remember hearing anything about issues with iPhone 4 production. Then the 5 came, and they had issues with supply quantity, anodizing defects, etc... Now I'm hearing about the 6 having casing issues, trouble sourcing screens...

    Why is Apple having such a hard time of it lately? Or are we just *hearing* about things now, when before they'd be kept under wraps?
  17. macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2013
    Maybe it's because they're expected to make major releases to the product each and every year now, and every year people keep begging for it to be released sooner. Apple can only do SO MUCH, you know.

    People have such short attention spans these days and expect everything to be produced so fast so they can get their fix.
  18. macrumors P6


    Jan 23, 2005
    Yes, proofreading is hard.
  19. macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2010
    I don't know if you've noticed, but the devices keep getting more complex, and so does the supply chain.
  20. macrumors 6502


    Apr 27, 2014
    Apple set the precedent to release a phone every year, not the customers. The major redesigns are every two years, which would seem enough time.
    I'm probly wrong on this but I envision them working on the iphone 6 shortly after the 5 was released, with the S versions being minor upgrades put together by different design teams.
  21. macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2010
    Utilizing the reported strength and durability of sapphire glass I'm really hoping there are no metal casings but instead a glass-back style like the iPhone 4 series:

    From previous thread Apple Said to Have Enough Sapphire Glass for Production of Both iPhone 6 Models and iWatch in 2014

  22. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2013
    Or they're scared of getting caught.

    A lot of the people at Foxconn (for example) are Chinese who come from farming villages and want to earn more money in the city. They may also be supporting their parents or siblings.

    If I were in that situation, there's no way I'd risk it. Why would you endanger yourself with one of the biggest employers in the country (when there are literally millions of people who would take your job in a second) and risk the wellbeing of your family and being shipped back to the countryside, all so that some people on the internet can get a picture of a component in an unreleased iPhone?

    I wouldn't call that "integrity" or "loyalty". It's self-preservation and plain common-sense.
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2011
    Every device transitioning to production has issues. You just hear more about them now due to the toxic rumor/news cycle
  24. macrumors 6502a


    May 29, 2007
    Portland, Or
    You don't remember the white iPhone 4 then, it was pushed back and pushed back until it wasn't released at all due to the white button not matching the glass.
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    Dec 5, 2009

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