Apple iPhone 5S hit with fingerprint-recognition issues, report claims

“Poor yields of fingerprint-recognition chips and LCD driver ICs will likely force Apple to reduce first-quarter shipments of the rumored iPhone 5S, which is slated for launch in September 2013, according to industry sources,” Josephine Lien and Steve Shen report for DigiTimes.

“The fingerprint recognition chip is designed by AuthenTec, of which Apple acquired for US$356 million in July 2012,” Lien and Shen report. “Issues related to the original design of the chip reportedly caused the lower yield rates, claimed the sources, adding that Apple outsources the production of the fingerprint recognition chips to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and the packaging of the chips to Xintec.”

Lien and Shen report, “About three million units of the initial shipments of iPhone 5S will be delayed to the fourth quarter, indicated the sources.”

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17 Comments

      1. If it wasn’t a complete waste of time, I could basically go back through every product launch for the past several years and find articles that say the same thing. “________ will be delayed because _____________ shortage/problem”

        It’s the same story every time, and it’s never turned out to be the case.

    1. You see how much BS Apple shareholders have to put up with. It’s like these people go out of their way just to pull these stories out of their behinds merely to annoy Apple loyalists. 4fuksakes why don’t these reporters give it a rest. How can they possibly know the exact yield rates compared to the order size? It’s like Apple is the only company that’s ever had a problem with reduced yields on a component. I’m sure every company has to deal with similar problems.

  1. So… an unannounced product is rumored to be in trouble because one of its pundit-made-up features is now said to be having issues. Got it. Better sell my APPL.

  2. You can set your watch by Digitimes’ unverified rumors.

    First of all Digtimes’ accuracy track record is abysmal. Secondly, we can speculate (as we have done countless times before), but we do not know what Apple is going to release. Thirdly, we don’t know Apple’s ramp schedule. And lastly (and most importantly), not knowing what will be in the next iPhone make specific feature production problem claims IMPOSSIBLE.

    Only the dreamers, wanting to believe THEY are in the know, give this annual bullshit any credence.

  3. Hmm, “poor yields this, poor yields that”… I wonder if there will EVER be an iPhone release that does not have a story prior to its launch regarding “some problem”. This is getting sooooo old!

  4. That fingerprint sensor will be a lot of fun in cold weather, with gloves on your hands. Hopefully, biometrics will be optional so you won’t need to take your gloves off to activate the phone with a fingerprint.

    1. You have to take your glove off now anyway to activate the phone, so what’s the difference? Unless you have one of those sill looking gloves that don’t work well anyway.

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