Phone 5s hit by fingerprint sensor issues, claims report
Initial shipments of the new phone could be reduced due to production
woes with the fingerprint-recognition chips and LCD driver chips, says
Problems with Apple’s fingerprint-recognition technology might
trigger a cut in shipments for the iPhone 5S, according to the folks at
Mass production of both chips was supposed to kick off by late June
or early July. But the poor yield rates will instead delay volume
production until late July, which means initial supplies of the phone
won’t be as high as originally expected.
Around 3 million shipments of the
will be pushed back to the fourth quarter of the year, the sources
said. During that period, total iPhone shipments (iPhone 4, 4S, 5, and
5S) are projected to hit 30 million.
As always, it’s important to note that DigiTimes has a decidedly
mixed track record when peering into its crystal ball. So, this
information should be served up with a grain of salt.
Rumors have surfaced that Apple would add fingerprint sensors to its
next-generation iPhone, but nothing has yet been confirmed. Fingerprint
recognition has certainly been on the company’s mind. Last year, Apple acquired fingerprint-recognition chipmaker AuthenTec as part of an effort to add 2D fingerprint sensors to its products.