Apple’s rumored upcoming “iPhone 5C” is reportedly on track to outship the high-end “iPhone 5S” this quarter, as the high-end model is supposedly facing production issues that are associated with the rumored fingerprint sensor. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities recently mentioned in a note that Apple is expected to ship 8.4 million “iPhone 5C” units in the current September quarter. Difficulties in building the top-of-the-line “iPhone 5S” will reportedly limit that device to just 5.2 million units for the quarter.
Unlike the iPad mini, which has consistently outsold the full-size iPad since its debut, the “iPhone 5C” is not expected to become the best-selling iPhone. Kuo expects Apple to be able to increase “iPhone 5S” shipments by 438% in the holiday 2013 quarter, reaching 28 million in the three-month span. This would end up putting the “iPhone 5S” ahead of the “iPhone 5C” in terms of shipment for the quarter. Shipments of the new plastic iPhone are also seen growing 122% quarter over quarter to 18.7 million units in the December timeframe. Kuo said the following regarding the topic:
Despite yield rate issues with fingerprint sensor module and casing, a timetable ensuring improvement has been established, which eases our concerns over 5S production. We hold a positive view on growth momentum along the iPhone supply chain, for which we expect a jump from August followed by sustained growth into September and (the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013).
The Cupertino California company is expected to hold a media event on September 10 to announce its new iPhone lineup for the fall of 2013. As of right now, the “iPhone 5C” is rumored to replace the iPhone 5, while the iPhone 4S is rumored to live on as Apple’s new low-end option.
Source: KGI Securities via AppleInsider