In the recent months there has been a lot of speculation regarding the
tentative launch dates for the next generation iPhone, the 'supposedly'
low-cost iPhone and the next generation iPad mini.
As per a recent
report by Mac Rumours, Apple is facing a lot of challenges in producing
its forthcoming line-ups and these challenges may delay the
launch of the new iPhone and iPad mini models.
The website is
quoting KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who till a month ago was
expecting Apple to launch a new iPhone model by June or July. However,
on Thursday he came out with a new research report that cites the
company may not be as busy as he had earlier predicted.
Earlier we estimated that shipments of the new iPhone would begin in July (FDD version) and September (TDD version), while iPad mini 2 would hit the market in August. Currently, market
consensus for shipments of iPhone 5S, low-cost iPhone and iPad mini 2 is
July, July, and August, respectively. But in light of publicly
available information and our knowledge of technological trends, we now
think all three products will begin shipments later than our previous
expectation and market consensus.
Ming-Chi Kuo in his
research note has not shared any specific time frame by when Apple may
launch its new iPhone, the low cost iPhone or the new iPad mini
Furthermore, Mac rumours via KGI Securities notes that Apple is
currently facing three major challenges that is causing the delay. The
first being production difficulties for the 'retina display for iPad
mini'. Kuo believes that the next generation iPad will come with a
Retina display, and the company is facing various and technical
challenges related to its design and manufacturing.
second challenge is being cited as 'colour coatings for lower-cost
iPhone'. As per Kuo, the economically priced iPhone is likely to come
with plastic shell, which will be available in numerous colour options.
He opines that Apple is finding it difficult to keep the plastic shell
of this iPhone as thin as it would like.
Lastly, Kuo notes
that Apple is finding it challenging to manufacture iPhone 5S because of
its purported fingerprint sensor. He further states that finding the
right colour coatings to prevent interference with the sensor is proving
to be a big challenge.
This news report by Mac Rumours comes
a day after DigiTimes reported that Apple will be commencing production
of its fifth generation iPad in July or August. DigiTimes news report
was based on the information that the website had garnered from its
sources in the Taiwan-based supply chain.
Stanley's Katy Huberty has released a report, in which she predicted
that Apple will launch the new iPhone in September 2013 after previewing
the iOS 7 in June at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). This
is in contradiction to what we had heard days earlier, when a report
indicated Apple will launch the iPhone 5S in August in more than two