The next standard-sized, full-priced iPhone isn’t due to show its face until September. But with months still to go, it seems Apple is already battling production problems.
A research note to investors from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, obtained by Apple Insider, posits that the phone he dubs the iPhone 5S (it might equally be called the ‘iPhone 6’) has been hamstrung by issues with “numerous components”.
The upshot is that, like the iPhone 5 before it, the handset could be in short supply in the weeks after its anticipated unveiling in late September.
And worse from Apple’s point of view is that consumers could already be looking elsewhere by the time the company has addressed the supply shortfall, KGI's mobile-sector sage claims.
Kuo states: "While shipments forecasts may still grow sharply in 4Q13, we are concerned iPhone 5S may face the same problem as its predecessor, namely that by the time supply matures, demand will already have waned, hurting shipments.”
Kuo was more upbeat on the rumoured low-cost, multi-coloured iPhone and 9.7-inch-screen iPad 5, both of which he expects to arrive before the iPhone 5S.
The plastic iPhone’s passage to market has apparently been eased by the fact that it’s purportedly much easier to manufacture than its premium priced stablemate.
However, for anyone holding out for the much discussed Retina Display-packing iPad mini, the news isn't so rosy.
According to Kuo, the 7.9-inch iPad mini 2 is likely to drop in March or April 2014, as earlier rumours suggested, allowing Apple time to grapple with the challenge of incorporating the battery-hungry screen tech in a micro-sized device.