Technical challenges could force Apple to postpone the release of a slew of shiny, new iDevices this year, it has been claimed, in a year that seems unusually crowded with product launches from the tech giant.
In a research note to investors, Ming-chi Kuo of KGI Securities claims that the next iPhone, which we’re dubbing the iPhone 6, its low-cost brother (let’s go with iPhone 5S) and the second-gen iPad mini will all tip up later than industry sages have previously forecast.
The way Kuo tells it, the huge undertaking of developing a fingerprint sensor is partly to blame and is likely to impact on the refresh cycle for all three devices.
Difficulties in manufacturing a scaled-down high-res Retina display are also likely to impact on the launch of the iPad mini 2, says KGI’s man, while the switch to low-cost plastic from premium materials for the iPhone 5S is also allegedly proving a spanner in the works.
Expounding on potential glitches related to fingerprint sensor technology, he stated: "Apple has to work out how to prevent interference from the black and white coating material under the cover glass.
"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."
Most recent reports on tech sites predicted that the iPhone 6 will be unveiled in July and hit shop shelves in August, with the iPad mini 2 due along at some time in the fourth quarter.