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

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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
 

BMcCoy

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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.
 
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Ventilatedbrain

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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.

That is what Tim cook specializes in , I don't know how he does it honestly !
 
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output555

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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."
 
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lincolntran

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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.

Yet everytime a couple of images were leaked, the arm chair executives on here act like they can do a better job.
 
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topgunn

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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.

You say "have integrity". I say "fear reprisal".
 
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MrX8503

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Remember how hard the black and slate iPhone 5 was to manufacture? I hope we won't see scuffs in the iPhone 6.
 
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Enabledobject

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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.
 
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newyorksole

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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 .
 
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zorinlynx

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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?
 
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powerstrokin

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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?

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.
 
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pocket3d

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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?

I don't know if you've noticed, but the devices keep getting more complex, and so does the supply chain.
 
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Enabledobject

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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.

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.
 
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ownamac

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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

Hmmm ... a stunning, almost excessive amount of sapphire glass is being prepared to be produced ... a glass back would solve all radio transparency problems ... my 8-ball says you are onto something ... and in spite of all the ugly mockups with the weird seperators, maybe the iPhone 6 will instead actually look like this:





These are renders, obviously, but based on leaked schematics. Super thin, absolutely unique, basically unscratchable. Shut up and take my money, indeed.
 
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springsup

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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.

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.
 
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GuitarDTO

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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?

Every device transitioning to production has issues. You just hear more about them now due to the toxic rumor/news cycle
 
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verniesgarden

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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?

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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