Fingerprint Sensor Shortages Limiting iPhone 5S Production to 3-4 Million Units This Quarter

Posted August 12, 2013 at 2:35pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 14557 views

The iPhone 5S has been rumored to have a fingerprint sensor for sometime now, with recent reports suggesting that it could sit under the home button with a raised surfaced. Digitimes today is reporting that production of the iPhone 5S will be limited to 3-4 million units in Q3 2013 due to a shortage of the fingerprint sensors that will be used in the device.

Production of Apple's next iPhone, commonly referred to be the iPhone 5S and is scheduled to be unveiled on September 10, could reach only 3-4 million units in the third quarter of 2013 compared to 10 million units as originally planned due to a delay in production of fingerprint sensors needed for the iPhone 5S, according to industry sources.

Mass production of the fingerprint sensors was originally scheduled to begin in May at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and then to be packaged at Xintec, a TSMC subsidiary, the sources indicated.

However, the production of the sensors has been delayed due to issues related to integration between iOS 7 and fingerprint chips, as well as a low yield rate at packaging firm Xintec, the sources revealed.

Reportedly, the delay is caused by issues related to integration between the sensor and iOS 7 software. The sources claim that Apple and its suppliers will be able to ramp up production at the end of August for the sensors, resulting in production of the iPhone 5S to ramp up to 28-30 million units in Q4 2013, just in time for the holiday season.

The iPhone 5S is all but confirmed for a September 10 announcement -- where Apple could also unveil an iPhone 5C.

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fackyo - August 13, 2013 at 3:21am
Galaxy S4 sucks and Galaxy S3 sucks and Nexus 4 Sucks.You know why I currently own them. I tried to sell the Galaxy S4 on for the entire 3 days. I had 13 people looked at it. I had an iPhone 4S for 3 days the same period. Ive had 200 people looked at it and 17 people that watched it. I trade phones all the time,my favorite phone is the iPhone 5. Especially when it is jailbroken..I must have my jailbroken iPhone.I didnt buy one until the jailbreak was available . Anyway Samsung Phones are shitty ,Ive had this phones for over 3 weeks now I've never even used them.Yea the screen is big,but Apple IOS is way superior than android.
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Lolz - August 13, 2013 at 4:26am
Haha you're a proper r'tard, you haven't used the phones but they suck? maybe it's people like you who become diehard apple fanboys, and rack up views on "cheapa$$ iphone for sale" pages. Yeah jailbreaking increases your functionality, but that is exactly why iOS sucks, they restrict you in every way they can. to have to hack your phone to make it usable... that's pretty damn sad.
Vic - August 13, 2013 at 8:49am
You don't have any galaxies
iOS 7 - August 13, 2013 at 3:20am
I hope apple implements saved passwords with this fingerprint software and not only use it to unlock the screen
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Vic - August 12, 2013 at 8:39pm
They honestly just need to make a bigger screen. I'm using a galaxy S4 coming from an iphone 5 and the screen is the only thing it has on the iphone. Everything else on android sucks.
Randy - August 12, 2013 at 8:40pm
^agreed
Eduardo - August 12, 2013 at 9:09pm
I agree as well and better battery life. That's it.
dlink378 - August 13, 2013 at 4:22am
galaxy s4 screen is way too big for me. I think 4.3" or 4.5" is ideal size, although 4" is already good enough. no need for 1080p, overkill for a smartphone and you cannot see the difference from your eyes, except you use a microscope to see your phone screen.
Randy - August 13, 2013 at 4:31am
^again, it's a preference issue.
Zack soule - August 12, 2013 at 6:43pm
Can I get in line now and not get it
Gbkolev - August 12, 2013 at 6:33pm
Yes, who?...
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