“We’ve read a number of analyses that paint a troubling picture for Apple’s rivals following the launch of its next-generation iPhone 6 smartphone and ‘iPhone Air’ phablet,” Zach Epstein reports for BGR.

“In a nutshell, industry watchers see a rocky road ahead for Android phone vendors as pent-up demand for larger iPhone models sends millions upon millions of smartphone buyers headed in Apple’s direction,” Epstein reports. “According to a new report, however, the iPhone 6 is already causing some serious headaches for rival smartphone makers despite the fact that it won’t even exist for another couple of months.”

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“Smartphone vendors that are looking to release new high-end models in the second half of 2014 are worried about getting access to enough component supplies as many component makers are preparing orders for Apple’s new iPhone, according to sources from the upstream supply chain,” Max Wang and Joseph Tsai report for DigiTimes.

“In addition, non-Apple vendors have delayed the launches of their new smartphones to a later time in 2014 to avoid direct competition against the new iPhones, the sources noted,” Wang and Tsai report. “Consumers delaying their purchases of a new smartphone to include upcoming iPhones as one of their options may impact non-Apple vendors’ smartphone sales by 10-20%, the sources said.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Gee, that’s too bad. :-)

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Dan K” and “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]