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

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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59 Comments

1. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're wrong again Sniggly.

11. ITEngineer

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 26, 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.

43. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

@ITEngineer: Binary views will get you into trouble.

14. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"You're wrong again Sniggly." What exactly wrong he says?

23. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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

27. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

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

32. Aeires unregistered

Not always. Apple Maps, anyone?

34. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"...as it was marketed." Lie was marketed.

45. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

36. ahmed_ali_yossef2010

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 26, 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

44. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

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

8. smdeezy

Posts: 66; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

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

51. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

hell yea

16. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

46. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

47. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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!

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

4 inch screen? You kidding me Apple? U MAD APPLE? :P

53. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

hell yea

3. Topcat488

Posts: 1417; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

R.I.P. Steve J..

52. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

hell yea

4. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

4" screen! Samsung has nothing to worry!

10. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

13. jonartpop

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

What about the boring design of iphone 5 :p

15. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

21. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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!

22. Tele7

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 12, 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?

26. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

31. Tele7

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 12, 2012

My bad, I was misunderstood there

28. yudi.nemesis unregistered

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

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