iPhone 5S production yields ‘terrible’, blame the fingerprint scanner

iPhone 5S production yields ‘terrible’, blame the fingerprint scannerIt’s not every day we hear analysts predicting doom and gloom (ahem), but Jefferies & Co. guy Peter Misek has some bad news for those keen to get their hands on Apple’s latest flagship.

Supposedly, production yields of the iPhone 5S are “terrible”, that’s on account of the spanking new Touch ID fingerprint scanner, and as such you should be prepared for disappointment come Friday.

In a telling move, Apple has already chosen not to offer the iPhone 5S for pre-order online. The iPhone 5C, however, is available. Say what?

The obviously inference is that the iPhone 5S might arrive in limited quantities initially – even more so than usual; it’s not uncommon for iDevice shipping time to hit several weeks in the first few days of availability.

Misek guesses that a modest 5-10 million iPhones 5S units will make the grade this quarter, joined by 20 million iPhone 5C handsets and 5-8 million iPhone 4S models.

In the crucial holiday quarter, Misek reckons we’ll see 20-25 million units of the iPhone 5S, 30 million of the iPhone 5C, and a modest 3-5 million of the iPhone 4S.

Assuming demand meets supply, wouldn’t that make the iPhone 5C the biggest selling smartphone of 2013? Interesting.

“We note that the build plans vary widely (much more than normal) depending on the supplier, which we interpret to imply a combination of build cuts and component inventory issues,” yells Misek.

“Prior CQ413 builds were 55 million to 60 million vs. current 48 million to 60 million with almost all of the downside revision due to the 5s.”

via: BGR

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 16, 2013 at 12:11

No doubt the 5C will sell well. Naysayers will, of course, blame malfunctions of consumers' religious faculties, instead of: Why NOT buy something that is both familiar and yet different enough?
The ENTIRE entertainment industry works with that. GET OVER IT! People watch soaps.
They watch sequels, listen to chart toppers and wear, currently, exactly what people wore in the early nineties. They also don't wanna learn a new way of using and setting up a device they ACTUALLY NEED* to use**. (*/** I know, difficult concept. It's like, when you don't buy a hobby, but a phone... ah, wait 20 years :p You'll get it).

5C will become the bestselling phone of 2013 until the 5S catches up at around Christmas...

As to the production 'issues' - maybe, maybe not. Analysts are paid to make things up.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 16, 2013 at 12:25

PS:

makes me wonder how HTC and the Max will fare with the, ahem, fingerprint scanner...
http://i1-news.softpedia-static.com/images/news2/HTC-One-max-Live-Pictures-Leak-Fingerprint-Scanner-Confirmed-383180-2.jpg?1379330301

Stelph  Sep. 16, 2013 at 14:40

No doubt the 5C will sell well. Naysayers will, of course, blame malfunctions of consumers' religious faculties, instead of: Why NOT buy something that is both familiar and yet different enough?


Also if people do argue that then they are also forgetting just how strong the 4s and 4 sales were which the 5C has now also replaced, and those were priced at rediculous levels for what they were

The 5C will sell well, as as you say its familer but also different. I really hate the apple cases tho, nice idea with the cut out but it looks hideous with the text on the back of the iPhone showing through like that, seems like a real last minuite jobby

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