iPhone 5S Fingerprint Sensors to Delay or Limit Launch

Fingerprint sensors, a rumoured addition to the next generation of the iPhone, may have hit production issues, limiting or delaying the expected September launch of the iPhone 5S. Following their 2012 acquisition of AuthenTec, a fingerprint recognition chip manufacturer, Apple have been expected to add some form of innovative security features, or biometrics to their much anticipated device.

DigiTimes reported today that while the chips were set to be manufactured this June, instead, they will be pushed back to late July, impacting the initial supply of the iPhone. Specifically, approximately three million devices will be delayed to the fourth quarter of this year. In addition, Apple have been expected to use biometrics for their much rumoured iWatch, patents revealed earlier this month - could this also see a delay?

Apple had suffered similar production issues last year, when iPhone 5 sales fell below analysts expectations. An unnamed official at Foxconn had said it was the "most difficult device Foxconn had ever assembled," leading to slow production. This year's concerns may be related, although at this time it seems to be a specific technology which is holding the device back, rather than the design as a whole.

Estimates from the same source reveal that combined sales of iPhone from the 4 to the 5S may total 30 million units in the fourth quarter. Apple will likely struggle to reach this with production setbacks.

Source: DigiTimes

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whats the point in adding a biometric sensor to a watch? its not like you get to a bar and take your watch off. its strapped to ya wrist, got be a really good thief to steal a watch. clasps ok they could be easily stolen in a crowded bar but something with the pin going thorugh the strap would be very hard. doesnt make any sense

iOS demand has not fallen, it's just not growing as much as it was before. I personally would like one just for the lightness, build quality, and game options. I'm sick of Android at this point, and Windows Phone isn't available on my carrier at the moment.

I haven't really noticed any difference in build quality between different top of the line phones. Apple uses metal in the cases but that's just for looks and inferior to plastic cases engineering wise. The plastic case is better at absorbing impact and lets you have a removable back for swapping batteries and cards.

Well, the HTC One is probably the only other one out there that feels great in my hands. Also, the battery I've never once swapped, nor do I mess with an SD card slot so... it wouldn't really matter to me on that end.

Impact wise, I've seen all sorts of phones crack and break from drops that really aren't that bad. Just depends really.

Sad. The first real new feature in iPhone since 2007 and its going to delay the launch? Why even have it, because it isn't going to work very well anyways.

TechieXP said,
Sad. The first real new feature in iPhone since 2007 and its going to delay the launch? Why even have it, because it isn't going to work very well anyways.

You must have an iPhone 5s already if you know so much about it.

Wait whats an iphone... this is what people will be saying in 2 years... That or "oh my god i used to have one of those iphones back in 2010 what ever happened to them?"

The Iphone will be the new (well old) sony erricson and nokia 3310. It lived a good shelf life longer than i expected but it has failed. iOS is the big one its simple but far to simple and lacks features and customisation. (this is an apple thing, customisation and apple dont go together)

MrAnalysis said,
Wait whats an iphone... this is what people will be saying in 2 years... That or "oh my god i used to have one of those iphones back in 2010 what ever happened to them?"

The Iphone will be the new (well old) sony erricson and nokia 3310. It lived a good shelf life longer than i expected but it has failed. iOS is the big one its simple but far to simple and lacks features and customisation. (this is an apple thing, customisation and apple dont go together)

In 2 years? LOL! So who's going to replace their market share? Windows Phone? LMAO!

na with people having less money to spend and wanting current phones i would say cheap old android phones shock horror android.. i know but i cannot ignore almost everyone i know has an android phone or at least has owned one.

At a bar in my country there even lost someone his phone, this was a iphone 4 prototype which ended up by a major newspaper if I remember correctly LOL

Apple don't seem to be having much look lately. First the iWatch set back and now this. I suppose the iPhone 6 could have an extra row of icons.

Clamdigger63 said,
Apple don't seem to be having much look lately. First the iWatch set back and now this. I suppose the iPhone 6 could have an extra row of icons.

Not funny.

Clamdigger63 said,
Apple don't seem to be having much look lately. First the iWatch set back and now this. I suppose the iPhone 6 could have an extra row of icons.

Exactly. My classmate upgraded with seed 1 and suffers from lags. He can apply a downgrade, but unfortunately he will soon lose that ability like many other. When coming to the downgradability I can hardly say I admire Apple. May be they didn't mean to force the predecessordev owners upgrade, but after all it comes to the same end.

The demand for products is beginning to go downhill. Their lack in innovation and design will seriously hurt them in the long run. No one will want to buy a recycled phone model with nothing but hardware improvements from last Gen. With a finger print embedded into the phone good luck reselling it and making the finger print to work. I thought iSheeps love their slide to unlock feature and soon you'll start having problems unlocking with a finger.

It's not so much they won't want it but that they won't make it a priority or replace one that's working fine. Why spend money on it if it's basically the same as what you already have? They've run out of workable novelties to keep people coming back.

sn0wbl1tz said,
With a finger print embedded into the phone good luck reselling it and making the finger print to work.
Not sure if serious...

sn0wbl1tz said,
The demand for products is beginning to go downhill. Their lack in innovation and design will seriously hurt them in the long run. No one will want to buy a recycled phone model with nothing but hardware improvements from last Gen. With a finger print embedded into the phone good luck reselling it and making the finger print to work. I thought iSheeps love their slide to unlock feature and soon you'll start having problems unlocking with a finger.
Yeah, sure buddy! SMH!

sn0wbl1tz said,
The demand for products is beginning to go downhill. Their lack in innovation and design will seriously hurt them in the long run. No one will want to buy a recycled phone model with nothing but hardware improvements from last Gen. With a finger print embedded into the phone good luck reselling it and making the finger print to work. I thought iSheeps love their slide to unlock feature and soon you'll start having problems unlocking with a finger.

Nice try.

NathanLiu said,
People wanted the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4S, and the Samsung Galaxy S4. Why won't they want the iPhone 5S?
I am sure you understand what he is saying. He not saying in exact words that no one wants them. We all know that no matter what Apple releases, someone will want to buy. What he IS saying is there are going to be less people wanting them and the facts are showing.

The iPhone 5 sales were less than expected...in fact WAY LESS. In fact if you have a good memory and not selective amnesia, when the iPhone 5 was finally announce, sales of the Galaxy S 3 and the Galaxy Note II actually went up. In fact, reports said that many stores ran out of the S3. Oh and even Verizon reported that sales of the Droid Razr Maxx went up and at the time the phone was 299.99 on contract.

What you fans fail to realize is the obvious. Apple has been selling the same phone for 6 years straight. Each has had very little to almost no major overhauls. Every single model got speed bumps. In fact the first 3 iPhones all had the same CPU with just speed bumps. The iPhone 4 was the only real overhaul which really was just a physical change mostly. The 4S is virtually identical and impossible to tell from the 4 with the naked eye which is why it got Siri because that is what set them apart. But you cant see Siri. The iPhone 5 is simply a 4S with a better CPU/GPU and its 0.5" taller with a funky resolution that again is not standard at all.

The only thing Apple can do with the 5S is add a biometrics sensor? LAME. Its not the first time these have appeared on portable devices like smartphones. But Apple's really next big thing is trying to get everyone to wear watches again? For what? What will the watch do that the phone can't? Other than you cant wear a phone on your wrist, absolutely nothing.

The iPhone is nearly 3 years behind the best phone you can by now. I mean the iPhone is still the most expensive phone you can buy depending on configuration with or with contract and what does it offer that is awesome? NOTHING.

You think people don't see that? Its not about when the iPhone will be at the bottom of the totum pole, its when. The iPhone is still in the top 10...but depending who create the poll, the iPhone isn't always #1. In my opinion it shouldn't even be in the top 5.

Samsung should have the top 3, with all the places being held by the GS3, GS4 and the Note II, followed closely by the HTC One and then the LG Optimus Pro, and then maybe the iPhone.

NathanLiu said,
People wanted the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4S, and the Samsung Galaxy S4. Why won't they want the iPhone 5S?

While I think the GS4's software is gimmicky, there were a lot of changes software wise that appealed to a lot of people. iPhone changes the past several years software wise, not so much.

Hardware is a different story.

TechieXP said,

What you fans fail to realize is the obvious. Apple
You think people don't see that? Its not about when the iPhone will be at the bottom of the totum pole, its when. The iPhone is still in the top 10...but depending who create the poll, the iPhone isn't always #1. In my opinion it shouldn't even be in the top.

What you just wrote there makes absolutely no sense, just like the rest of your post. I shouldn't be talking bc English is my second language but by god buddy, next time you spew garbage at least try to proof read it. You must have gotten really excited over your uneducated comment.

You fandroids try to spin the obvious to make apple look bad all the time. Their growth has slowed down and android is growing faster because of emerging markets where people can only afford to buy garbage phones. No one is disputing that. But no matter what happens iphone as a single device will continue to sell much better than any android device. This has been happening since it came out. Samsung can make as big of a screen as they want but it won't help.

sn0wbl1tz said,
The demand for products is beginning to go downhill.

TechieXP said,
What he IS saying is there are going to be less people wanting them and the facts are showing.

This is the problem I have with people using, "facts." They never cite their sources, and they never bother to tell us that these facts came to them in a Touchwiz induced vision.

Numbers don't lie.

The numbers show that more people are buying iPhone than the previous years, and they also show that demand is growing. You can take an educated guess based off of the trend those numbers make and say that they will sell more iPhone this year than they did the year before.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/w...ter.svg#Data_and_references

I hope you two took notes because that's how you do it.

Edited by benthebear, Jul 17 2013, 3:25am :

So exactly why in this Emerging Markets" does older cheaper versions of iPhone don't sell as much as "Garbage Phones" when they cost the same?

iPhone is selling more compared to itself, but it is loosing marketshare because the market is growing faster than the iPhone. Quite simple, it's the Windows dominated MACs all over with Android dominating iPhones all over. Except USA, but it will catch up eventually.

Spicoli said,
It's not so much they won't want it but that they won't make it a priority or replace one that's working fine. Why spend money on it if it's basically the same as what you already have? They've run out of workable novelties to keep people coming back.

Don't worry. Those on iphone 4 or 4s that upgrade to iOS7, the slow down in the performance will be a push to replace them

TechieXP said,

The iPhone 5 is simply a 4S with a better CPU/GPU and its 0.5" taller with a funky resolution that again is not standard at all.

Ignoring the rest of the garbage, how can you even say this?

The iPhone 5 was completely redesigned, used a new material, was lighter, thinner, new CPU/GPU, and included a larger screen, how is that the same as the iPhone 4S?

Clamdigger63 said,
Apple don't seem to be having much look lately. First the iWatch set back and now this. I suppose the iPhone 6 could have an extra row of icons.

Exactly. My classmate upgraded with seed 1 and suffers from lags. He can apply a downgrade, but unfortunately he will soon lose that ability like many other. When coming to the downgradability I can hardly say I admire Apple. May be they didn't mean to force the predecessordev owners upgrade this way, but it eventually comes to the same end.

so,the next 2 quarters are estimated at 25 million each,and the fourth quarter is estimated at 30 million. that would be less phones in 2013 than 2012.