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Delivery of Apple's latest and most lickably gorgeous large-screen iPhone may be delayed - thanks to manufacturing problems, apparently.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities says a problem with the 6S Plus's backlight is delaying production, and could result in a shortage of handsets.

The egghead places the issue at the feet of Minebea, one of the manufacturing companies tasked with actually building the Apple handsets. Kuo suggests that another manufacturer, Radiant, could be asked to manufacture the backlight for the handset instead.

Apple introduced the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus last week at a special event in San Francisco. The 2015 model includes a faster processor and motion-sensing chip along with the ability to record 4K video, but retains the storage space of last year's model. This leads to speculation that storage capacity could be an issue on the 16GB model.

A heavy flood of traffic has already had some users reporting the pre-order site was unavailable for a time Friday when pre-orders for the new iPhone began.

Apple's web site currently lists the iPhone 6S Plus as shipping in 3-4 weeks.

Kuo, via AppleInsider, does not suggest that the smaller-screen iPhone 6S is having such issues.

The report comes on the heels of speculation that the iphone 6S will be Apple's biggest iPhone release yet. The Cupertino giant has told reporters it expects to move as many as 10 million iPhone 6S and 6S Plus units in the smartphone's first weekend of retail availability, September 25.

The record sales numbers are based in large part on the iPhone 6S release taking place in China in addition to the US and Europe. Last year, customers in China had to wait one month for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

With the massive Chinese market now able to take part in opening, Apple believes it will be able to outsell last year's iPhone 6 opening weekend high mark and hit 10 million in sales. ®


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