Production Challenges to 'Delay' Launches of iPhone 5S, Lower-Cost iPhone and New iPad Mini?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Back in January, reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo laid out a thorough roadmap of his expectations for Apple's product launches in 2013, pointing to a very busy third quarter for the company with launches for updated iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Mac notebook lines. As recently as last month, Kuo was targeting a June/July launch for the new iPhone models, with a version specific to China Mobile arriving a bit later in September.

    Kuo has released a new report today indicating that a number of challenges appear to be pushing back the release of the new iPhone and iPad mini models relative to his previous predictions and general market consensus. As a result, Kuo believes that Apple's third quarter may see much smaller shipment growth than previously expected. Apple of course has not announced its launch plans, so any "delays" are relative to these market expectations and not necessarily Apple's internal plans.
    Kuo does not provide a new specific target date for the launches of the updated models, instead laying out a series of three scenarios modeling how Apple's shipments could be affected based on August/September, September/October, and October/November timeframes.

    As for details on the challenges facing Apple, Kuo lays out the following issues:

    - Fingerprint sensor for iPhone 5S. Work on finding the right color coatings in order to prevent interference with the sensor offers a technical challenge for Apple, and software integration in iOS 7 will also require additional work.

    - Color coatings for lower-cost iPhone. Apple's lower-cost iPhone has been rumored to be arriving with a plastic shell in a number of different colors, and Apple's efforts to keep the shell as thin as possible will likely lead to production ramping issues for coatings and surface treatments.

    - iPad mini Retina display. Kuo expects the second-generation iPad mini to adopt a Retina display, and technical challenges related to its design and manufacture are likely to slow Apple's release timetable.

    As a result of later-than-expected launches, Kuo currently predicts that Apple will see only single-digit growth of total iPhone/iPad shipments year-over-year for the third quarter of 2013, far below current market expectations of 30-40% growth.

    Kuo's report comes as Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty has released her own report projecting new iPhone launches for September following an iOS 7 preview at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) expected in June. Huberty projects that Apple will show off a new "killer app" such as mobile wallet at WWDC, with the new iPhone and iPad hardware following several months later.

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  2. Nathan20 macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2012
  3. lifeinhd macrumors 65816


    Mar 26, 2008
  4. DipDog3 macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2002
    Might as well wait till 2014 and just release the iPhone 6.

    Totally skip the iPhone 5S!
  5. Tiger8 macrumors 68020

    May 23, 2011
    T-Mobile factor

    Even if Production of 5s is okay, I think it's safe to assume 5S WILL NOT be released in the summer, simply because T-Mo just got the 5.

    Remember when Apple delayed the 4s to October 2011 since Verizon got the 4 in Feb of that year?
  6. Squilly macrumors 68020


    Nov 17, 2012
    Hopefully it's not as bad as lamination issues on the iMac or *gasp* Mac Pro issues.
  7. pezj macrumors member


    Jun 10, 2012
    I feel like Verizon is a premier carrier and T mob is just thanksfuo they have any iPhone.
  8. Welchy56 macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2011

    I would be very surprised if all of this had taken Apple by surprise! They work on products well in advance of it becoming available to us, for issues to affect multiple products across the range and create a delay in releases is highly unlikely. The release date will be the date that has always been intended....
  9. MTL18 macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2013
    Phew, thanks for the update.

    I was worried that Apple wouldn't refresh at an annual pace and sell products. Glad these analysts helped me out with numbers and things.
  10. Wicked1 macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    New Jersey
    So in other words new iPhone 5S and cheap iPhone 1st quarter 2014?

    Why not just wait until Apple announces it before you all start to speculate?

    Will be interesting to see what Apple does next year since now Samsung is coming out with two new phones, one with a 5.8" and the other with 6.3" screens, however having owned a Note II, I think anything over 4.7-5.0" is way too big
  11. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    Kuo prediction has always been spot on.

    So the 5S in september, we usually can predict when apple introduce the iOS 7 beta to developers. If the ios 7 introduce in wwdc, september launch is plausible.
  12. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    Kuo was right about the entire fall lineup, and so far was completely right this year as well as Apple has done relatively nothing.

    Seems to make complete sense given the other rumors.

    Very curious to see how Apple will redesign the Retina Pro's given their recent introduction. Assume its a minor different, but still should be something.
  13. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    Do you have any proof that the 4S was "delayed" because of the Verizon iPhone 4?

    I'm skeptical first because I don't see how it justifies a "delay", and second because the number of subscriber of a single carrier in a single country is insignificant to the total number of iPhones sold worldwide.

    All U.S. iPhone sales don't even account for half the worldwide sales, and they're divided between 3 major carriers (now 4), plus some smaller carriers.

    T-Mobile will probably get something like 5% of worldwide iPhone sales this year. So even assuming the T-Mo iPhone 5 could, for some arbitrary reason, delay the release of the iPhone 5S, it still wouldn't make sense to delay such a huge product launch for only 5% of your market.
  14. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
    I don't care when 5S gets released but the delayed release of 5S means delayed release of iOS 7, and this, I do care about. :(
  15. JayCee842 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 21, 2013
    so that means iOS7 will be delayed as well?! ughhh:(
  16. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2009
    • Mac Pro - Delayed (for years)
    • iTunes 11 - Was Delayed
    • iOS 7 - Delayed
    • iPhone 5S - Delayed
    • Retina iPad Mini - Delayed
    • Low-Cost iPhone - Delayed

    Anything else I'm forgetting?
  17. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    OS X 10.9 is probably delayed too if you expected an exact 1 year cycle. And the iTV, according to Gene Munster anyway.
  18. D.T. macrumors 604


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    Your post was a little late ...
  19. Chumburro2U macrumors 6502


    Sep 14, 2009
    I Love L.A.
    who cares about fingerprint sensor

    Come on Apple! Please, please I hope that this supposed fingerprint sensor is NOT the supposed "killer feature" (a la Siri). Give me a bigger screen and WIDER one while you're at it.
  20. boshii macrumors 68040


    Jul 6, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
  21. cambox macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2010
    Killer app... Wallet? Yeah that's a killer app!
  22. 50548 Guest

    Apr 17, 2005
    Currently in Switzerland
    A new iPhone without haptic feedback will be nothing more than a boring failure - let's hope Apple implements it.
  23. cclloyd, Apr 11, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2013

    cclloyd macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2011
    Alpha Centauri A
    Mac Pro will be released after iPhone 5S.

    iPhone 5S delayed.

    Maybe they just don't wanna say the Pro is delayed anymore.
  24. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    Wow, a bigger, wider screen. How innovative. Nobody has done that before. That'll sure send AAPL through the roof!
  25. sza macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2010
    Macbook Air refreshing - Delayed
    WWDC - Delayed
    iSpaceShip - Delayed
    iRadio Service - Delayed

    Anything else?

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