isn't churning out iPhones as fast as Apple would like, the Chinese company's chairman told reporters today.
"It's not easy to make the iPhones," Foxconn chief Terry Gou said, according to Reuters. "We are falling short of meeting the huge demand."
Gou didn't say which iPhones are actually difficult to produce -- Apple is still selling three models, the iPhone 5, the iPhone 4S, and the iPhone 4 -- but it's likely that he was talking about the company's latest smartphone.
Last month, an unidentified Foxconn official told the Wall Street Journal in an interview thatcausing supply issues. The official went on to say that the handset is "the most difficult device that Foxconn has ever assembled."
The iPhone 5 is both thinner and taller than its immediate predecessor, the iPhone 4S. It also comes with a host of improvements, including 4G LTE support and a new, smaller Lightning port. That means Foxconn's workers are bundling lots of components into an increasingly tight box.
Apple certainly can't be happy. The company's flagship handset is currently slated to ship in three to four weeks for folks who order it now. Customers who head to carrier stores are receiving similar lead times.
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