“However, the apparently unexpected level of demand for this finish isn’t the only major driver of the huge supply/demand balance that currently exists,” Eassa reports. “Per respected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, this Jet Black finish is also exceedingly difficult to manufacture right now.”
“Kuo says (via MacRumors) that the manufacturing yields for the Jet Black iPhone 7/7 Plus are currently in the 60%-70% range. What this means is that for every 100 Jet Black casings that Apple and its manufacturing partners attempt to produce, 30%-40% are unusable,” Eassa reports. “Potential buyers looking to get their hands on the Jet Black iPhone will just need to wait for demand to die down and/or for Apple to improve its manufacturing yields on those models. This is a bummer, but investors should at least rest assured that the iDevice maker is doing its best to maximize long-term shareholder value.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Somehow* we got our multiple orders for Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus (256GB) units filled on Day One. They may be very difficult to manufacture, but when they are, they certainly are head-turners. We’ve already had several people come up to us and ask us, “is that the new iPhone?” when they see our iPhone 7 Plus out of our pocket. We haven’t had that question since we first got our iPhone 6 Plus units, two years ago.
*Ordered within the first 30-seconds of availability via the iOS Apple Store app prepped with full information and with target items favorited.