iPhone 5S, iPad Mini 2, and Budget iPhone Delayed


According to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, he claims that Apple’s upcoming devices (such as the iPhone 5S, iPad mini 2, and the alleged budget iPhone) will be slightly delayed due to various “technical challenges”, this per a research note sent out to Kuo’s clients. Kuo was sure to note that he no longer predicts that we will be seeing any of the devices launching in June, but rather July/August, as previously expected (via AppleInsider):

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.

First up in Kuo’s note is that the budget iPhone will be facing delays due to issues with its new polycarbonate design, and other design elements:

The slimmer casing may make it more difficult to ramp up production yields of coating and surface treatment, and could slow down the shipment timetable.

Also, as we’ve previously heard, Kuo predicts that the iPhone 5S production has also been yielded due to issues with the coating material for the rumored fingerprint scanner that Apple will be allegedly incorporating within the next-generation iPhone:

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.

Lastly, Kuo stated that the iPad mini 2 will be facing delays due to issues with manufacturing a thinner Retina display for the device, so that it could retain its small, beloved formfactor.

Kuo also said this won’t be looking good for their share price, as well as their market standing:

As a result of these issues, Kuo said it’s likely that Apple will see single-digit growth in iPhone and iPad shipments in the third quarter of 2013.

That would be well below the market consensus, which sees Apple growing its sales by between 30 and 40 percent with the introductions of new products.

On behalf of KGI Securities, he was able to release his new roadmap and scenario analysis:


Unfortunately, it’s not looking too bright for new iOS devices to be launching this Summer, or even possibly WWDC. Kuo has had an amazing Apple prediction track-record in the past, so it’s unlikely that his predictions would be off this time around.

What are your thoughts on all of this? Are you slightly disappointed that the devices won’t be launching at WWDC? Let us know in the comments below! source

iPhone 5S, iPad Mini 2, and Budget iPhone Delayed

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