Jefferies & Company analyst Peter Misek seconds those various notions after a trip out east, and throws in some suitably bleak quotes. Heck, he even starts rambling on about the iPhone 6.
The words were captured in a tear-stained note to investors, and are ably relayed by Boy Genius Report.
Starting with Apple’s imminent flagship upgrade thingy, Misek says: “iPhone 5S is having preproduction issues with mass production at least a month or more away. This combined with the publicly discussed delay of iOS 7 puts a July availability at risk.”
The aforementioned story blamed the adoption of fingerprint security in particular for the iPhone 5S delay.
Entirely unexpectedly, Misek adds: “We continue to believe there is almost no chance the iPhone 6 launches in CY13 due to supply chain issues.” Waitaminute… we were s’posed to expect an iPhone 6 release in 2013?
As for the much-discussed budget iPhone, Misek mourns that it might be Q4 before it sees the light of day.
And one final piece of depresso-news, the iPad mini 2 will launch later than expected in Q2, and even then it’ll be in low supply due to issues with its Retina display.
On a more positive note, earlier in the week Bloomberg reported that Foxconn has in fact hired more staff in order to ramp up iPhone 5S production.