Defects in some iPhone 5 touch panels reported

As we all await the launch of Apple's iPhone 5, a new report claims that some of the touch panels that are being made for the next version of the popular smartphone have been discovered to have defects. Digitimes reports via unnamed sources that the defect is called delayed bubble and is usually discovered after the phone is being assembled. The article said that the defect was found on touch screens produced by Wintek.

In an official statement, Wintek didn't say anything about the specific touch screen issue, saying only that its parts were being delivered on schedule. The article states that Wintek produces between 20 to 25 percent of all iPhone 5 touch panels. The article did state that the company is expected to fix the process that caused the defect quickly. However, it's still possible that it could affect the shipment numbers of the iPhone 5.

Earlier this week, AllThingsD.com reported via its own sources that Apple would hold its long awaited press conference to introduce the iPhone 5 on October 4. So far, Apple itself has continued to stay silent on the launch of its next smartphone. Meanwhile, one of the iPhone's providers, Verizon, might be trying to get rid of its current supply of the iPhone 4. Beatweek.com reports that some Verizon customers have received an offer via text message offering them an iPhone 4 for just $120 with a two year contract. The offer lasts until September 30.

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I don't think some people understand... The REAL reason for the iPhone being delayed is simple.. The release is nearer Christmas which will increase the amount of sales.

Im just gonna be ****ed that they will do what they always do, they've probably made millions of the damn things, but they will only allow a handful of them out to stores to create artificial demand.

McKay said,
Im just gonna be ****ed that they will do what they always do, they've probably made millions of the damn things, but they will only allow a handful of them out to stores to create artificial demand.

You do realise that even if they have several million phones made they are still to be distributed to a few hundred Apple stores plus carriers and other third party resellers across the world, right?

I'm starting to believe the anticipation for the upcoming iPhone is a big fail altogether... Everything has been delayed, problems keep happening, speculation points to a iPhone 4S because of problems with iPhone 5 and it keeps going on and on like a big wash cycle that never ends...

The next iPhone most definitely will not be coming out anytime soon...period...end of story. Your next iPhone will be announced in October but you will be sorely disappointed when it comes out in June like it always has...

It doesn't matter how many units are ready to ship, or that iOS 5 is coming out next month... The iPhone 5 will come out next June, simply because it always has, simply because iOS 5 is crap and if that's all the OS can do then the iPhone 5 will be crap... iOS 5 adds more for apps, it adds in Twitter integration, it does this and that...but it's practically a service pack compared to what iOS 4 brought to the table...

Imagine the biggest best iPhone yet running iOS 5...it'll be a sore loser compared to what other phones can do. Surely Apple has something better planned... I see it differently... iPod Touch 4S comes out next month with iOS 5, announcements are made for iPhone 5 and for iOS 6.

The iPod Touch 4S will hold off the iPhone for a couple of months because of its revolutionary new features for a iPod...including VOIP calls, texting, new and improved Retina Display (with IPS this time), and all of that other good stuff...

The iPad 3 may also be released, ready for holiday season. It will include a Retina Risplay and all of that other good stuff... Again, it'll hold off the iPhone 5 that comes out in next June...building up more anticipation, more sales, and the iPhone 5 will be in everybody's pocket...

Also it would coincide with everyone's 2 year contract ending...everybody who bought an iPhone 4 would've had to skip the iPhone 5 when June had popped up again...but now that they skipped a June, it would've been time for them to buy their next iPhone at a discounted contract price.

Apple is only in for the money...they are the best, and the anticipation is huge... When it comes, millions of iPhones will go out the door instantly...instant profits. All they got to do is make something and sit on it for months to years until people start breaking down their doors, once released, everybody gets it...even if they sat on it for so long, it is still new in the customers' minds... Get with it people.

So far, Apple itself has continued to stay silent on the launch of its next smartphone.

That sentence is key. How can something be delayed or a big fail when there has been no official word from Apple? I mean, the iPhone 5 is really vaporware, and that's thanks to the rampant rumors and speculation created by the press.

Apple will release the next iPhone when they're ready to. Yes, traditionally, they've released a new version in the month of June or July, but that doesn't mean they have to do that forever. If they are running into problems making the 5, then what does it matter? They haven't announced a date, and the iPhone 4 and 3GS are still strong sellers.

I'd much rather them take their time then try to rush a device out the door.

Yep. That's exactly what Apple will do.

Steps to success:

1) Build up hype for iPhone launch by not announcing in normal June timeframe.

2) Announce next iPhone in October but don't release it until June, thus absolutely killing iPhone 4 sales even though they were doing very well. Sell only a marginal number of now-obsolete phones with lower profit margins for 8 months.

3) Stock prices plummet.


Great job, I think it should have been you instead of Tim Cook.


Now here's a more likely scenario if the iPhone 5 is not announced and shipping in October:

1) Announce iPhone 4 Plus, 4S, whatever it's called, in October. iPhone 4 form factor with iPad 2 internals and iOS 5. World phone so re-unified into one version. iPhone 4 drops down to $99 or free-on-contact. Absolutely no mention of iPhone 5.

2) Next iPhone cycle is less than one year. May or June the iPhone 5 is announced and released, bigger screen, same A6 quad core chip as the (by that time) recently announced iPad 3, slimmer, NFC, wireless charging, or whatever new things they have cooked up. iPhone 4 is EOL'd, iPhone 4 Plus becomes free-on-contract phone.


Apple does not announce updates to existing major product lines more than a few weeks before ship date. To expect otherwise is just silly.

Edited by Stetson, Sep 24 2011, 6:49pm :

Sorry to be the one to bring it to you, but iOS 5 is a much larger update than iOS 4 was, it's the biggest one yet to iOS actually. It adds a bunch of new features to the system and apps, redo some apps completely (music on the ipad) and fix many of the problems people have had with iOS 5 like the notifications...

Can't wait to get my hands on iOS 5 and all those features. Looks like the notifications will be nice too, really hopes so since both iOS and Android fail pretty hard when it comes to notifications right now.
(Android might have a pretty nice list, but it's still just an unsorted list which inly has a clear all function, only with the absolute latest gingerbread which you can basically only get with Cyanogen or other roms can you delete individual notifications, and even then the gesture to do so, a simple slide, fails most of the time at least on my Galaxy Tab 7.)

Sionic Ion said,
I'm starting to believe the anticipation for the upcoming iPhone is a big fail altogether... Everything has been delayed, problems keep happening, speculation points to a iPhone 4S because of problems with iPhone 5 and it keeps going on and on like a big wash cycle that never ends...

The next iPhone most definitely will not be coming out anytime soon...period...end of story. Your next iPhone will be announced in October but you will be sorely disappointed when it comes out in June like it always has...

It doesn't matter how many units are ready to ship, or that iOS 5 is coming out next month... The iPhone 5 will come out next June, simply because it always has, simply because iOS 5 is crap and if that's all the OS can do then the iPhone 5 will be crap... iOS 5 adds more for apps, it adds in Twitter integration, it does this and that...but it's practically a service pack compared to what iOS 4 brought to the table...

Imagine the biggest best iPhone yet running iOS 5...it'll be a sore loser compared to what other phones can do. Surely Apple has something better planned... I see it differently... iPod Touch 4S comes out next month with iOS 5, announcements are made for iPhone 5 and for iOS 6.

The iPod Touch 4S will hold off the iPhone for a couple of months because of its revolutionary new features for a iPod...including VOIP calls, texting, new and improved Retina Display (with IPS this time), and all of that other good stuff...

The iPad 3 may also be released, ready for holiday season. It will include a Retina Risplay and all of that other good stuff... Again, it'll hold off the iPhone 5 that comes out in next June...building up more anticipation, more sales, and the iPhone 5 will be in everybody's pocket...

Also it would coincide with everyone's 2 year contract ending...everybody who bought an iPhone 4 would've had to skip the iPhone 5 when June had popped up again...but now that they skipped a June, it would've been time for them to buy their next iPhone at a discounted contract price.

Apple is only in for the money...they are the best, and the anticipation is huge... When it comes, millions of iPhones will go out the door instantly...instant profits. All they got to do is make something and sit on it for months to years until people start breaking down their doors, once released, everybody gets it...even if they sat on it for so long, it is still new in the customers' minds... Get with it people.

It's pretty obvious they're only playing catch up. Just a matter of time before people get sick of waiting for hardly anything different.

FMH said,
Rivals cheer!

And then they remember, "Dang, we also have failing components every time we launch a new product"

Muhammad Farrukh said,
I hope they don't delay it anymore.
Eagerly waiting for it, hoping for a bigger screen

Yeah, they've had lots of problems... I hope this doesn't become another iPhone 4...

Muhammad Farrukh said,
I hope they don't delay it anymore.
Eagerly waiting for it, hoping for a bigger screen

Why do you need a bigger screen ?
The screens that are available isn't big enough ?
otherwise concider buying an ipad.

Ramcee said,

Why do you need a bigger screen ?
The screens that are available isn't big enough ?
otherwise concider buying an ipad.


I've been refraining from iPhone only because of the 3.5'' screen.
Too small, for me, it is

Muhammad Farrukh said,

I've been refraining from iPhone only because of the 3.5'' screen.
Too small, for me, it is

If you want a 4" or larger screen, then you will have to walk away from iPhone 5 because they are probably not making any bigger than 3.5".. I am sure the screen stay the same and I heard that the device body may be a little bit wider. We will see. If you want a screen is 4" or larger, then you will go and get a HTC phone or any tablet.

shozilla said,

If you want a 4" or larger screen, then you will have to walk away from iPhone 5 because they are probably not making any bigger than 3.5".. I am sure the screen stay the same and I heard that the device body may be a little bit wider. We will see. If you want a screen is 4" or larger, then you will go and get a HTC phone or any tablet.

Well if we're all making random guesses then I'd say the screen will get bigger. Everyone is going 'HD', with 720p resolution displays on smartphones. Apple is likely to jump on this bandwagon and a 3.5" display can't get much better resolution wise (To the human eye at least) than it's current 960x640 IPS display. You also do realise he wants a smartphone, not a tablet? It wouldn't look too normal to take calls on it.

Muhammad Farrukh said,

I've been refraining from iPhone only because of the 3.5'' screen.
Too small, for me, it is

Buy an iPad /s

Hollow.Droid said,

Well if we're all making random guesses then I'd say the screen will get bigger. Everyone is going 'HD', with 720p resolution displays on smartphones. Apple is likely to jump on this bandwagon and a 3.5" display can't get much better resolution wise (To the human eye at least) than it's current 960x640 IPS display. You also do realise he wants a smartphone, not a tablet? It wouldn't look too normal to take calls on it.

I know he wants a smartphone like I said in my post that he will need to get a HTC phone or tablet.. read my post above.. anyway, he doesn't want 3.5" screen. Apple probably will not make a bigger screen.. Apple probably make the device's body bigger but not the display screen. I have seen cases made for iPhone 5 already but HTC phones such as EVO or similar which they are 4" or larger... We shall see. If Apple plans to make bigger screens then that means they now follow HTC's/Android's footsteps.