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

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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19 Comments

1. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 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!!!

2. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 910; Member since: Jun 28, 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.

3. rcl4444

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 06, 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

12. CtK4949

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

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

10. kushki

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30688; Member since: Feb 05, 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 $$$.

4. Desmund

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

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

5. phonemonkey

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

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

6. phonemonkey

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 13, 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 :(((

19. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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.

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

7. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

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

8. trickster_qc

Posts: 107; Member since: Jun 18, 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.

9. phonemonkey

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

The price won't change.

11. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

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

13. vaibhavaggarwal

Posts: 44; Member since: Jul 05, 2013

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

16. fo0ling

Posts: 19; Member since: Jul 07, 2013

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

17. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

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

18. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

And Apple is the culprit for overpriced iCraps.

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