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Manufacturing Issues May Cause iPhone 5S, iPad Mini 2 Delays

by Brandon Russell | April 11, 2013April 11, 2013 2:00 pm PST


According to the latest analyst note, this time from KGI Securities’s Ming-chi Kuo, Apple is struggling to add new tech to its iPhone and iPad mini. As a result, both products are facing possible delays, meaning that oft-rumored iPhone 5S July timeframe so many are expecting might not be met.

According to Kuo, Apple’s desire to include fingerprint scanning technology is halting iPhone product, while higher-density displays for the next iPad mini are creating production challenges. Since purchasing AuthenTec for $356 million last July, Apple has supposedly been hellbent on including the security tech to push as a big feature in its next iPhone. But the Cupertino’s black-and-white coating material under the cover glass is causing interference, Kuo said.

In addition, Apple is also struggling with the casing of its fabled lower-cost iPhone, so that might be facing a delay, too. Kuo has previously been accurate with his Apple knowledge, so his note very well may give us insight into when to expect each product. Despite the iPhone 5 only being released last September, and the iPad mini in October, many anticipate Apple to unveil follow ups during this year’s WWDC, which kicks off in June.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...