San Francisco — Apple and Google are struggling to manufacture enough smartphones to meet demand, hampering their ability to fill the void in the mobile market left by Samsung’s withdrawal of its Galaxy Note 7. As it reported fourth-quarter earnings on Tuesday evening, Apple said that demand for its larger iPhone 7 Plus, seen as the closest competitor to the outsized Note handset, was far greater than it had anticipated. Customers placing an iPhone 7 Plus order on Apple’s website on Wednesday were being told they would have to wait up to eight weeks for the device to arrive, especially for its new "jet black" finish. "Particularly on iPhone 7 Plus, we are significantly supply constrained," Luca Maestri, Apple’s finance chief, said. "The demand [for jet black iPhones] has been significantly stronger than our original expectations…. We are selling everything that we can produce." As a result, Apple is unable to absorb extra demand for larger handsets that might have spilt over from it...

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