It has been widely speculated that Apple will launch the next generation iPhone, dubbed iPhone 5S, which will look similar to the iPhone 5 and include features like fingerprint sensor and NFC.
Couple of weeks back, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who has a good track record when it comes to predicting Apple’s product plans has published a report, which claimed that iPhone 5S launch may be delayed as Apple is finding it difficult to find the right color coating in order to prevent interference with the fingerprint sensor. Kuo claimed that the iPhone 5S launch may be delayed to September or later from June/July.
Reuters now reports that it has received similar information from supplier sources in Japan and Taiwan.
Supplier sources in Japan and Taiwan, home to dozens of Apple suppliers, said they initially expected mass-production of the next iPhone to begin in June.
That date may have begun to slip beyond June, the sources said. The phone, widely referred to as the iPhone 5S, is expected to include new features such as a fingerprint sensor. A supply chain source in Taiwan said Apple was trying to find a coating material that did not interfere with the fingerprint sensor, and this may be causing a delay.
Rumors have indicated that the fingerprint sensor will be one of the key differentiators of the new iPhone. The report also notes that Apple’s suppliers are looking to reduce their dependence on the company due to the ever-moving deadlines.
The report also notes that Apple is also working on a cheaper iPhone model which will come with a 4-inch display and sport a plastic casing, but probably won’t come with features such as the fingerprint sensor. According to Reuters’ supply chain sources, production of the display panels will start in May and ramp up to mass production in June.