Analyst: Development issues may cause later-than-expected debuts of ‘iPhone 5S,’ low-cost iPhone, next-gen iPad mini

“The bulk of Apple’s 2013 product pipeline will likely launch later than many market watchers expect, according to one insider, due to a variety of complex development challenges associated this year’s anticipated iPhones and new iPad mini,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.

“Ming-chi Kuo of KGI Securities, who has a strong track record in revealing Apple’s future product plans, shared a research note with AppleInsider on Thursday that suggested Apple’s so-called ‘iPhone 5S,’ a rumored low-cost iPhone, and a second-generation iPad mini will all launch later than market consensus expects,” Hughes reports. “These apparent delays are driven by a variety of issues, according to Kuo.”

Hughes reports, “As a result of these issues, Kuo said it’s likely that Apple will see single-digit growth in iPhone and iPad shipments in the third quarter of 2013. That would be well below the market consensus, which sees Apple growing its sales by between 30 and 40 percent with the introductions of new products.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Uh oh.


  1. That’s the way, work both sides of the argument. You don’t even know what they are going to do, but they are going to be late. Then when Apple doesn’t announce something new according to the market “timetable”, then Apples in trouble. BS

  2. As long as it isn’t a month before Christmas like last years screw up.

    These idiots don’t even know what is for dinner tonight. But, they all know because they read or heard or dreamed or … that Apple will fall down and go boom.

    Clueless village idiots that are paid for this dribble.

  3. Weaning itself off of Samsung cannot be done overnight. Think of last year’s push to get everything up-to-date all-at-once was a way to recalibrate and buy as much time as possible between launch cycles.

  4. Is there a “clearing house” site, or a “score-card” site where these idiots are scored as to accuracy? It would be nice to be able to apply a code number or accuracy value to these things. If they are 80% correct, then they would get a gold star. A 10% or less would get them a shit or zune star.

  5. MDN, I expect better than this. The exact same chart was referred to on Jan 16th (link to a macrumors page), and it’s presented here again (link to an appleinsider page), three months later, as “news”.

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