The launch dates for the inevitable iPhone 5S, fifth gen iPad and iPad mini 2 (and not forgetting the much-discussed budget iPhone) are very much up in the air; no one’s quite sure when to expect what.
Well, if you're eagerly anticipating the next batch of iDevices from Team Cupertino, prepare to be disappointed. The latest whispers from out east suggest it could be the second half of the year before we see anything new from Apple.
That’s the story according to KGI Securities’ Ming-chi Kuo, who has a pretty decent record when it comes Apple rumourage, having predicted – among other things – the discontinuation of the colossal 17in MacBook Pro.
For starters, we’re told that implementation of the iPhone 5S’s fingerprint security is proving problematic.
"Apple has to work out how to prevent interference from the black and white coating material under the cover glass," explains Kuo. "Apple is the first to attempt this function and technology, and time is needed to find the right coating material, which will likely affect iPhone 5S shipments."
We heard previously that iOS 7 was behind schedule, with engineers moved off of OS X 10.9. Kuo echoes those thoughts, and reckons more time will be required to develop and test the fingerprint stuff in particular.
As for the budget iPhone, it’s the casing that’s throwing a spanner in the proverbial works. Kuo yells: "The slimmer casing may make it more difficult to ramp up production yields of coating and surface treatment, and could slow down the shipment timetable.”
As if all that wasn’t bad enough, the Retina display in the iPad mini 2 is likely to make the device more difficult to manufacture.
With the most recent iDevices (namely the iPad 4 and iPad mini) having launched in October last year, we could be looking at nine months (or more) with nothing new from Apple. Oh, the humanity!
via: Apple Insider