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Apple iPhone 5S and cheaper iPhone coming with 4-inch screens, 5S delayed due to problems with new fingerprint scanning technology

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Apple iPhone 5S and cheaper iPhone coming with 4-inch screens, 5S delayed due to problems with new fingerprint scanning technology
Apple may have delayed its next-generation iPhone, allegedly the iPhone 5S, because of issues with finding the right material that would not interfere with a fingerprint sensor, one of the new features in the device, according to supplier sources in Japan and Taiwan speaking for Reuters.

Moreover, the iPhone 5S will come along with a new affordable iPhone made out of cheaper plastic materials and designed to appeal to buyers in places like China and India. Both the iPhone 5S and the cheaper iPhone will come with 4 inch screens, but the more affordable one won’t support some features like the new fingerprint sensor for instance.

Initially, supply sources expectations were for mass production of the iPhone to kick off in June, but those dates might have slipped. Production of displays for the devices will allegedly start at low volume in May.

One of the suppliers has also revealed an interesting detail about Apple’s attitude towards their products saying that within the supply industry the company is often called the “Poison Apple.” The reason? Its high standards and expectations for a low price. That’s a curious detail.

Apple stock fell down to below $400 after an explosive seven-fold increase over the four years that ended in September 2012. Since then though, Apple shares have been consistently and sharply losing value. Still, the company stock trades at levels slightly higher than when Steve Jobs passed away.

source: Reuters

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posted on 23 Apr 2013, 09:36 42

1. Sniggly (Posts: 6814; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Oh, a fingerprint sensor. How innovative. No one has ever done that before.

Oh wait, what's that on the phone on my nightstand? My Atrix has...a...fingerprint...sensor...

But of course if any Android phone includes a fingerprint sensor after Apple does it, iFanboys will scream that Apple is the innovator while Android users are the copycats.

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 09:49 13

5. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3333; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You're wrong again Sniggly.

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 10:19 29

11. ITEngineer (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


First time i reply to you, but i read your comments for the past couple of months and im sure it gets down to either one of the following two conclusion.

1. You get paid by Apple to Troll
2. Your a 10 years old social outcast chatting from his basement.

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 15:26 1

43. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


@ITEngineer: Binary views will get you into trouble.

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 10:28 17

14. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5474; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"You're wrong again Sniggly."

What exactly wrong he says?

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 10:48 9

23. frydaexiii (Posts: 1215; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


And here comes a new era of idiots swiping at the phone trying to get the fingerprint scanner to work to unlock instead of just a simple pattern...oh wait, iOS doesn't even have that...

Sigh, it's Siri all over again

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 11:13 2

27. bucky (Posts: 1346; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


They don't invent it but they sure as hell make it actually usable and work as it was marketed.

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 11:50 7

32. Aeires (unregistered)


Not always. Apple Maps, anyone?

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 11:55 3

34. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5474; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"...as it was marketed."

Lie was marketed.

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 15:30 1

45. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


If you read the seemingly endless posts from the limited ihateApple fan base here, one would think Apple, Inc. was going to implode. However, in the real world millions of people continue to buy iPhones and enjoy their purchases. The iPhones continues to outsell against the best and newest Android devices.

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 13:08 3

36. ahmed_ali_yossef2010 (Posts: 157; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


he isn't wrong

what's innovative in a fingerprint sensor actually what's the use of it not important as a newly redesigned ios

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 15:28 2

44. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


If they made a fingerprint scanner they would call it some hipster loving gimmick name like iSecure.

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 10:04 11

8. smdeezy (Posts: 66; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


No kidding. My 4 year old Atrix that I never use has that!

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 19:44 3

51. akki20892 (Posts: 3327; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


hell yea

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 10:34 8

16. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5474; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


The first mobile phone with a fingerprint scanner was made by Siemens in 1999, it was Siemens SL 10 D. :)

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 15:32 1

46. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


That's the same DUMB argument when used against the iPad. MicroSoft invented the modern day tablet, and when the iPad came out, more iPads were sold in its first year than all the MS-tablets to date.

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 16:09 2

47. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5474; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"...more iPads were sold in its first year than all the MS-tablets to date."

And how this argement changes the fact that Apple wasn't first company who came with a tablet??? And if nohow, then why you use this argument against main since I'm talking not about the sales but about the inovations???

Conclusion:
Your argument is DUMB since I'm talking not about the sales!

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 09:37 13

2. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5258; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


4 inch screen? You kidding me Apple?

U MAD APPLE? :P

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 19:46 2

53. akki20892 (Posts: 3327; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


hell yea

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 09:40 9

3. Topcat488 (Posts: 1124; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


R.I.P. Steve J..

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 19:44 2

52. akki20892 (Posts: 3327; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


hell yea

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 09:41 11

4. ryq24 (Posts: 479; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


4" screen! Samsung has nothing to worry!

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 10:15 13

10. amats69 (Posts: 1020; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Actually samsung is worried now because of the boring design of s4 :p

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 10:27 19

13. jonartpop (Posts: 155; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)


What about the boring design of iphone 5 :p

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 10:32 8

15. amats69 (Posts: 1020; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Actually they have the same boring design.lol but the difference of the two is..iphone looks premium than s4... :p

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 10:46 10

21. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5258; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Actually, the iPhone 5's design is even boring than the S4's.

Why I said that? Just look at the iPhone 5.
From 2007 (iPhone 1) to 2012 (iPhone 5), the design still remains the same. For example, the circle physical home button, the small screen, bezels. And Apple thinks that it's ok to make the iPhone taller not wider.

Apple aren't creative at all!

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 10:47 8

22. Tele7 (Posts: 47; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)


You have that nice feeling and looking until you drop it. You put it to case? Good, than why does it matter if it's plastic or glass/metal if it's in a hard plastic/TPU case?

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 11:08 2

26. amats69 (Posts: 1020; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


I agree with that...but if you reread my post 15... Im talking about premium looks.. Not durability....

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 11:47 2

31. Tele7 (Posts: 47; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)


My bad, I was misunderstood there

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 11:22 3

28. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


premium and durable is different.
Not all people use a case, even with few scratch and dents my Nokia E6-00 still feels and looks better than my GS2.
So looks and feels does matter, but i hope all manufacturers can make a premium but also durable smartphone

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 11:26 5

29. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1157; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


More like Android has nothing to worry about.

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 11:35

30. amats69 (Posts: 1020; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


+1 ......

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 09:59 8

6. mr.techdude (Posts: 542; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


I remember clearly that apple fans saying ppl who can't buy an iPhone buy android phones cause there cheap which means crappy devices, but now tables have turned that apple now is making a cheap iphone. So payback is a b**** B****.

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 10:01 6

7. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6263; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Looks like Apple don't know how too work the FINGER SENSOR. i STILL have mine on my MOTOROLA ATRIX. Motorola knows how to work it out.

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 19:53 1

54. HawaiiWarrior87 (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


I have the LG Expo and the Finger sensor is still solid. To bad the operating system isn't getting anymore support, hehe

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 10:11 5

9. amats69 (Posts: 1020; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


A 4inches 2013 flagship phone ?? Seriously apple? LOL! If this is true then apple will not be gettin my money...for this year ill go for the amazing HTC ONE! Hopefully apple will not disappoint me on the next ipad...

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 10:42 3

20. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


Why? Actually I am waiting for someone to make a high-end smartphone in under 4,3 inches? I cannot hold more than 4,5 comfortably? But I still wouldn´t buy this Iphone because of its IOS, it is much more difficult to use than android and has less features. It doesn´t suit me but it does suit to almost all of my friends which is kind of weird.
So just because it is a smaller phone than all the other high-end phones on market it will be much worse, what? Not all of us want bigass phones.

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 11:05 6

25. amats69 (Posts: 1020; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Well thats your preference so i respected it...so you have to respect my preference too....

"Not all of us want bigass phones" you are right..but not all of us either want a toy phone....

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 13:58 4

40. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


Yes that is my preferance, thanks for respekting me.
I believe more people want bigger phones than Iphones, it has its advantages like internet browsing. I just wish that someone would make a high-end 4.0 inch phone. Or maybe I can build my own phone :)

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 10:25 8

12. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


Sorry to say that the iPhone 5S will probably flop. The only saving grace would be completely redone iOS 7.... not looking good for apple.

Reading this article makes me feel very disappointed. I was hoping for more out of Apple. Especially since I've been waiting for almost a year to decide if I should replace my current iPhone 4. Uggg... it looks like I'm either stuck and waiting for the iPhone 6 or I jump ship to Samsung.... Decisions, decisions!

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 10:39 4

18. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5258; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Can I give a simple decision?

If you want a freedom OS, get Android, so that means you can get Samsung or other Android smartphones.

Apple's iOS will be troublesome, because you need to jailbreak it, it is easy to use, but troublesome.

So, in conclusion, Android is better than iOS. The choice is up to you!

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 10:42 2

19. buccob (Posts: 1372; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


You should try a Samsung or a good android flagship... and I don't mean at the store... try it for a month.

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 11:54 2

33. Aeires (unregistered)


How can iOS7 be the saving grace when the 4S, 5, and 5S will be getting it at the same time? I suspect people holding out for the 5S will save the money and get the 5 instead.

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 10:37 3

17. rahulz (Posts: 116; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


Fingerprint scanner?cool.... but that depends on what use it put in to. but still a good start. i hope the new redesigned ui of ios will be something fresh, not just a ripoff android and wp
And a 4inch screen ? that something i didnt expect from apple.good job
hope the price will also be competitive with lumia 520 and other low end android smart phones.

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 11:02 3

24. Commbubba19 (Posts: 18; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


I sold my Razr Maxx HD for an IP5. So far I'm happy. Yes I miss the openness of android but the IP5 fit best in my hands. I honestly like the 4" screen. To 'ME' it's the perfect size for a mobile device. Many of you seem to forget that most mobile device users don't care about giant screens or PPI. They just need a simple reliable mobile device and the iphone fits for them.

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 11:59 2

35. Aeires (unregistered)


If I was Chinese or Indian, I would be offended by this. By reading this, it appears Apple thinks plastic is appealing to these demographics. Simple truth is Apple can make a cheaper priced phone without it being plastic, unfortunately it's not going to happen because they won't give up their insanely high markup.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 09:20

59. notoffended (Posts: 8; Member since: 24 Apr 2013)


@Aeires,
We Indians r nt offnded at all of apples's view of producing cheaper iphone for us bcoz we dont AT ALL care about apple..
We r jst eagerly waiting for the S4 which may be in our hands before the end of this mnth..
And MIND apple... the S4 isnt fr the cheaps nor was the S3 n Note 2.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 12:15

60. Aeires (unregistered)


Well said, lol.

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 13:26 1

37. lyndon420 (Posts: 1715; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


The only thing this might be useful for is deterring thefts to a small degree...pointless to steal the phone unless you steal the owners finger as well. Probably a work around though as usual.

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 13:26 3

38. Manevolence (Posts: 6; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


God damn it Apple just make a 4.5 inch phone and i'll buy it. Just don't be a year behind in your designs and i'll buy it, damn.

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 13:34

39. paulyyd (Posts: 326; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


hmm u bros......sound kinda mad?

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 14:47

41. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


It's so amazing how much a fingerprint scanner means to me.
At least we get to laugh at this dieing company.

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 14:58

42. wayee1 (Posts: 12; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


hoy yeea apple come to our game..! atte google samsung htc... :D

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 17:03

48. scsa852k (Posts: 282; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


It's funny how everyone's calling the low-end version a 'cheaper phone'.
They couldn't find a better term?

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 17:14 1

49. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1900; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Apple will market the iPhone 5S as the iPhone with iScan xP

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 17:19 3

50. mydi.maus (unregistered)


Iphone 5s 4" display doesnt even reach 4.1" or 4.5" no thanks.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 00:16 2

55. byazatt (Posts: 159; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Now when Samsung came up with a myriad sensors and great features (some didn't work perfectly but what does? ) Every reviewer was like ooo gimmicks oo useless! but when siri came about "perfect "as we know it, the whole iPhone's world was pegged to the singular innovation. lets learn how to appreciate and not hate, ,but I can see blood rush as thumbs try and glorify thumb security.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 00:16

56. byazatt (Posts: 159; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Now when Samsung came up with a myriad sensors and great features (some didn't work perfectly but what does? ) Every reviewer was like ooo gimmicks oo useless! but when siri came about "perfect "as we know it, the whole iPhone's world was pegged to the singular innovation. lets learn how to appreciate and not hate, ,but I can see blood rush as thumbs try and glorify thumb security.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 00:17

57. byazatt (Posts: 159; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Now when Samsung came up with a myriad sensors and great features (some didn't work perfectly but what does? ) Every reviewer was like ooo gimmicks oo useless! but when siri came about "perfect "as we know it, the whole iPhone's world was pegged to the singular innovation. lets learn how to appreciate and not hate, ,but I can see blood rush as thumbs try and glorify thumb security.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 00:19

58. byazatt (Posts: 159; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Now when Samsung came up with a myriad sensors and great features (some didn't work perfectly but what does? ) Every reviewer was like ooo gimmicks oo useless! but when siri came about "perfect "as we know it, the whole iPhone's world was pegged to the singular innovation. lets learn how to appreciate and not hate, ,but I can see blood rush as thumbs try and glorify thumb security.

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