A new report shows that Apple has had to redesign its plans for the iPhone XR because one of its suppliers has encountered problems with the production of the iPhone XR.
Apple's flagship product, the iPhone, comes mostly from Foxconn, while Heshuo offers more of the second echelon. Apple is said to have originally planned to let Hotso produce 50-60% of the iPhone XR so Foxconn could focus on the supply of the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max.
The Electronic Times quoted a report in the Economic Daily that Apple had to change these plans now because it was difficult for the company to meet production targets. The report says that Foxconn's orders have risen sharply as Apple recently reduced its share of Heshuo's iPhone XR orders to less than 30%. The report also said that HSO's output was affected by lower-than-expected product yields and a shortage of domestic factory workers.
Although the iPhone XR is slightly less complex than the iPhone XS, in some ways it is a bigger manufacturing challenge. Nearly borderless LCD technology is relatively new and JDI is reported to be difficult to maintain a stable supply of such screens.
As the iPhone XR offers many of the advantages of the iPhone XS and is cheaper, many commentators recommend that people make a purchase decision after the model goes public, leading Apple analysts said recently that the sales of the iPhone XS Max are far higher than those of the iPhone XS, possibly related to this.