Yesterday we reported that initial iPhone 5S supplies could be limited due to slow fingerprint scanner production, a long-rumored feature that may or may not make an appearance in the new handset. Today, Bloomberg is reporting on a rumor in regards to an iPhone 5S delay that is allegedly due to a decision to increase the handset’s screen size from 4 to 4.3 inches. The story was originally reported by Chinese financial paper Commercial Times, which didn’t really explain why Apple would make a last minute change to the screen size.
Based on the sheer volume of leaked iPhone 5S photos we’ve already seen, Apple would likely have to trash millions of already-produced units if it wanted to implement a bigger display. The company has certainly made last-minute alterations in the past, but probably nothing quite that dramatic or costly.
Earlier today, a new batch of leaked iPhone 5S photos surfaced along with a few alleged specs and features for the new handset. According to a post on Chinese social network Weibo, the upcoming smartphone will come equipped with a 4-inch IGZO display with the same 1136 x 640-pixel resolution seen in the iPhone 5, the long-rumored fingerprint reader, improved graphics and memory, and a more powerful camera. Most of this lines up with earlier reports.