iPhone 5S May Be Harder to Find Than Expected
Although product shortages and overwhelming demand are nothing out of the sorts for a new iPhone launch, Apple's forthcoming iPhone 5S may be the hardest new iPhone to find in the product line's history.
This time around, product shortages could be more severe than usual. In fact, based on what we're hearing, immensely constrained supplies are the reason that no preorders were accepted for the iPhone 5S here in the U.S.
Even Chinese supplies of the iPhone 5S are said to be going fast.
So what's the culprit? The rumor mill seems to be validated in its suggestion that the supply and production problems are pertinent to Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
“Our checks indicate that the fingerprint sensor yields have been terrible and are the likely culprit for the H2 build plan cuts,” Peter Misek recently wrote, according to a previous MMi report.
Cantor analyst Brian White corroborates those claims, as his sources similarly confirm that supply constraints were to blame for no domestic preorders for the flagship device.
So just how difficult will it be to get your hands on a new iPhone 5S this weekend? If analysts are correct, it may be virtually impossible for Apple to promptly get the new iPhone 5S into every outstretched hand.