Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c production negatively affected by poor camera lens module yields

Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c production negatively affected by poor camera lens module yields
According to the chatty Taiwan supply chain, production of Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c models are being marred by poor yields of the camera lens module. And while those vendors performing below average weren't mentioned by name, the supply chain gossips said that Largan Precision was the only producer of the part that was turning out above-average yield rates.

Since Largan appears to be doing things right, the company said that it expects sequential growth in September consolidated revenues. The company also expects the Average Selling Price of its parts to rise in Q3, That determination was made based on orders it has received for the quarter.

Meanwhile, perhaps due to the problems that current vendors have had with the part (excluding Largan, of course), Genius Electronic Optical has received orders in Taiwan for the lens module used in the Apple iPhone 5c.

Besides problems with parts for the back camera, last week Jefferies analyst Peter Misek stated that iPhone 5s production yields have been low due to problems with chips for the new fingerprint scanner. Misek cut his estimate of 2014 Apple iPhone shipments to 147 million units from an earlier 162 million.

source:  DigiTimes

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iPhone 5s
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1570 mAh(10h 3G talk time)
iPhone 5c
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1507 mAh(10h 3G talk time)



1. rency0722

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

No more Sony, because Xperia Z1 has exclusive custom-made Exmor RS now. :)

8. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Sonys horrrible software kills the camera. If they actually had good software it would be the 2nd best camera phone only beaten by the Lumias.

10. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

You are partially right... horrible camera software made by Mobile department... Z1 uses a software made along Camera department team... Hopefully they keep using each specialist for their next phones...

2. hateftotti

Posts: 233; Member since: May 03, 2011

The newest marketing trick from Apple

4. criticism

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

Exactly! The next week, they will say our KEYBOARD yields are low!!! Funny Apple! But maybe not! When you are making Phone with plastic and craps, then the yield might not good!

11. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Maybe. But if the rumors are true, Apple won't be selling as many iToys this quarter, which is not going to be good for their share pice. In other news, if there are indeed problems with camera lens yield, expect more 'issues' with lens flare and what-not. Remember the purple 'flare' issue with the early iP5? Never a dull day in Apple-land.

12. jaxson983

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 11, 2013

Keep in mind that the people buying iphones don't care. Tons of people with line up with their old iphones in hand and trade it in for the new one or just buy it. Remember the iphone 2 when the antenna didn't work, they released it anyway and people still bought it. Always the line "but apple never releases anything unless its perfect"

14. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I don't doubt for a second that the die-hard fans will buy the latest edition iToy. It is what the general consumer does that matters. If there is truly a shortage of phones to sell, then Apple's sales results will disappoint, and their share price will reflect the disappointment.

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

More cheapness of overpriced iCraps.

5. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

tsk tsk tsk.. apple... are you copying the same game how HTC was playing earlier this year ? Lol..

6. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

sony xperia z1 takes the crown,hey 5S wanna use my Exmor RS?

7. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It's just another excuse lining up for a below average quarter when sales numbers aren't as amazing as expected. The 5s is the 3rd Apple release when everyone is thinking "maybe next time" again. They will likely only report sold numbers of all iPhones as usual and claim supply chain issues. This could also be an affect of their supply chain diversification if it actually is true. Cheaper but less reliable manufacturers and therefore, less consistent parts. Buyers beware.

9. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

I don't expect the overall sales of either to be small, at least the history for the standard model has shown otherwise. Regardless, shortages like this shouldn't be happening as much as they are because Tim was their supply chain guru and he's now running the company. Either the people he's delegating to aren't as good as he was or the massive changes to suppliers is having a negative impact. That being said though, who wouldn't want to sell 147 million units of any phone? If that happens, it's impressive numbers.

15. jsdechavez

Posts: 814; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Low demand perhaps? Then again, Apple will definitely try to cash in on the low-supply-everywhere-sold-out-everywhere keep hold of the stocks from falling steeply.

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