Apple introduced the highly-anticipated iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus earlier this week, leading to an unprecedented amount of overnight pre-orders for the smartphones and special 24-hour reservation window for customers that experienced pre-order issues. Now, the strong demand is putting pressure on “Made for iPhone” accessory makers.
In general, a myriad of accessory makers that make cases, speakers, screen protectors and other peripherals for iPhone, iPad and other Apple products have been rushing to get their accessories readied ahead of the iPhone 6 launch on September 19th. In fact, some have even announced their new accessory lineups ahead of that date.
Smaller accessory makers that are looking to use Lightning connectors in their products, however, have reportedly been met with delays as Apple has purchased the remaining bulk inventory of Lightning connectors and authentication chips and left these companies in the dust.
“One manufacturer we spoke with told us that bulk orders of Lightning supplies from Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn are being reserved for Apple and its preferred partners, which include some of the larger iPhone accessory makers. Other companies, however, are unsure how they will fulfil current orders for products already on the market, while others have resorted to back channels for Lightning supplies with no luck.”
It is unknown just how long it will be before the availability of Lightning connectors for smaller accessory makers will improve, but it appears that could it take months. Given that the iPhone 6 is under such high demand, it could be well into the new year before the supply of Lightning connectors returns to normal for “Made for iPhone” partners.[via 9to5Mac]