Analysts are predicting serious supply shortages for the new iPhone 4. These predictions are a result of production issues with the new display technology provided to Apple by LG Electronics. One of the key new features of the iPhone 4 is its new Retina Display which utilizes in-plane switching (IPS) technology. This technology will provide an exceptional visual display and allow movies and photos to be viewed from nearly any angle. This is possible because of the extremely high pixel density available with IPS technology.
Low production yields of the IPS LCD panel produced by LG have reduced production volumes for the new iPhone. Apple is hopeful that the transition by LG to Gen 5 LCD capacity late this summer will help bring the production of the new phone back on track.
In addition to the improved visual display made available by IPS, other differences between the new iPhone 4G and its predecessor include a 5 megapixel camera with HD video capability, LED flash, gyroscope, duel microphones, better speakers, an improved antenna, and front facing camera for video calling. The basic model of the new iPhone will range in price from $199-$299 with new AT&T rate plans and will be available for purchase in the coming weeks.