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.