With Apple’s next-generation iPhone scheduled to be unveiled sometime in the months to come, the majority of industry watchers suggest that the “iPhone 5S” will either be available sometime this summer or later this fall. However, other reports state that Apple’s iPhone 5S, in addition to their rumored low-cost iPhone and the second-generation iPad mini, will be released later than initially anticipated.
Previously, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested that this schedule set back for iPhone 5S may be due to issues with the color coatings for the biometric fingerprint scanner that’s rumored to be integrated into the device.
Today, Reuters has published a new report that states Apple’s suppliers are attempting to reduce their reliance on Apple because they’re not given enough information to accurately gauge the demand for Apple products, which undoubtedly causes issues for suppliers. In a sidebar, Reuters also implies that Apple’s next-generation iPhone may be delayed as a result of issues related to the coating material for the fingerprint sensor.
It’s said that, according to a Taiwanese supply chain source, Apple was faced with the challenge of discovering a suitable coating material that did not interfere with the sensor, which is believed to be the primary reason for the setback.
Regardless of such delays, a Japanese supplier has informed Reuters that they plan on “small-scale production” of displays for the next iPhone in May, with production ramping up in June. Stay tuned for complete coverage on Apple, iOS 7 and what will hopefully be the company’s most advanced mobile device yet: the iPhone 5S.
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