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The iPhone 5S' fingerprint sensor allegedly the culprit in a production slowdown

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The iPhone 5S' fingerprint sensor allegedly the culprit in a production slowdown
A report by DigiTimes earlier today claims that due to issues with its fingerprint sensor's design, among others, Apple's upcoming iPhone refresher – the 5S, has been delayed:

"Volume production of fingerprint-recognition and LCD driver chips for the iPhone 5S should have started at the end of June or early in July, but issues related to yield rates will delay commercial production of the two chips to the end of July, therefore affecting the initial supply of the iPhone 5S, the sources explained."

In case you somehow missed all the frantic hype – the iPhone 5S is expected to come with a fingerprint scanner embedded into its Home button. And lest you think a mere sapphire glass got us speculating about the possibility, we remind you that almost exactly a year ago Apple snatched biometric security firm AuthenTec for a reported $356 million. Moreover, PayPal's Chief Information Security Officer has hinted as much in a keynote speech two months ago, and that's as reputable a source you're likely to get when unofficial information is involved.

Of course, we're not at all oblivious to skepticism. In fact, for all we know, the sensor could very well be intended for the iPhone after the 5S. Whether that turns out to be the case, we'll have to wait and see.

source: DigiTimes

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posted on 16 Jul 2013, 10:06

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


Hummm.... Get the iPhone 5s that has no design difference for the iPhone 5... or wait until the iPhone 6 comes out in the Spring! That is the question!!!

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 10:16 5

2. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 847; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Considering apple's history it's only worth getting the S versions. Those are the ones where they in all the features they were holding back going all the way back to the 3GS.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 10:42 5

3. rcl4444 (Posts: 38; Member since: 06 Oct 2012)


Point! This is very true.
Better off upgrading with the "S" cycle than then each full next gen version... not just for the held back features but for he better hardware, refinement and bug fixes that the S versions get

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 16:17 1

12. CtK4949 (Posts: 15; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


refinement?!?! Bug fixes?!?! I thought crrapple phones came out perfect?? LOL!!

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 12:18 1

10. kushki (Posts: 49; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Agreed. However advantage with the non-s versions is your device stays visibly new for 2 years while s versions are already 'not the latest iphone' in a year, again just visibly.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 18:26

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 10249; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Get the 5S Dave, then get the new one next year, sell your 5S. iPhones are still the most valuable phones, and sell third party for top $$$.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 10:53 4

4. Desmund (Posts: 74; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)


Oh look a fingerprint scanner I've had that since 2011 with Motorola Atrix 4G which I still have to this day.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 11:00 4

5. phonemonkey (Posts: 162; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


So? Just because they are using something already in existence do you need to hate them for it?

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 11:01 1

6. phonemonkey (Posts: 162; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


A fingerprint scanner would be greay guys...
OH WAIT!!! We can't do that because some people will hate us for it because motorola already did that :(((

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 03:27

19. Shatter (Posts: 1974; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Hes implying that Apple will try to act like they came up with the idea to use a finger print scanner in a phone. Clearly Motorala did it first so Apple can gtfo.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 16:36

14. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6177; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I also used to have the Atrix 4G no big deal or difference if its on a IPH

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 11:17

7. valapsp (Posts: 472; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


If they announce fingerprint scanner for iphone 5S then what INNOVATION will be available on iphone 6?

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 11:36 5

8. trickster_qc (Posts: 80; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


the iphone 6 will be thinner and will have a bigger screen ( the iphone with the biggest screen ever ).

and the battery will be slighty bigger.
and probably iOS7.1 that will include some revolutionnary ''ipanels '' and ''iwidgets'' that will be copied from WP8 and Android.

And it's all gonna be revolutionnary. and expensive.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 11:44

9. phonemonkey (Posts: 162; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


The price won't change.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 13:35 3

11. wando77 (Posts: 267; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


Like he said..... it's gonna be expensive ;)

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 16:22

13. vaibhavaggarwal (Posts: 44; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)


would be pretty cool if it's included in the 5S
I might just buy it........

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 19:59

16. fo0ling (Posts: 15; Member since: 07 Jul 2013)


Thinner body, larger screen. By 2015, 10.1 inch screen, 0.22mm thick.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 21:04

17. a_tumiwa (Posts: 228; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Fingerscanner for security is already useless, PRISM can spy your data easily

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 00:42

18. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2415; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


And Apple is the culprit for overpriced iCraps.

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