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Rumor: First iPhone 5S Shipments Will be in Tight Supply Due to Fingerprint Sensor Yield Rates

Rumor: First iPhone 5S Shipments Will be in Tight Supply Due to Fingerprint Sensor Yield Rates

It’s grain of salt time, as DigiTimes has published a new report claiming that initial shipments of the “iPhone 5S” will be in tight supply, due to low yield rates for the sensor used in the device’s much-rumored fingerprint scanning technology. Oh, and low yields for LCD drive ICs will also cause delays.

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DigiTimes, via 9to5Mac

Poor yields of fingerprint-recognition chips and LCD driver ICs will likely force Apple to reduce first-quarter shipments of the rumored iPhone 5S, which is slated for launch in September 2013, according to industry sources. 

The site claims that volume production of the sensors and driver ICs should have kicked off in the late last month/early this month timeframe, but production won’t actually gear up until later this month. DigiTimes says this will affect initial shipments of the new device in September, resulting in three million delayed units.

When digesting rumors such as this one, it’s always a good idea to keep in mind that Apple uses several suppliers and manufacturing partners, so an issue with one supplier could have little-to-no affect on Apple’s production schedules.

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