iPhone 5S would reach the market later because of fingerprint reader problems

On April 22, 2013

Last week we heard the first rumors about the delaying of the iPhone 5S launch due to production problems, and now Reuters comes to prove this.

According to the prestigious publication, Apple and its partners have trouble finding the perfect paint for the device case, those used so far making almost impossible to use the new fingerprint reader. In 2010 Apple has decided to postpone the release of more than half a year’s White iPhone 4 due to problems of paint used in housing, but now we cannot talk about a similar delay.

That date may have begun to slip beyond June, the sources said. The phone, widely referred to as the iPhone 5S, is expected to include new features such as a fingerprint sensor. A supply chain source in Taiwan said Apple was trying to find a coating material that did not interfere with the fingerprint sensor, and this may be causing a delay. In addition to the 5S, suppliers say Apple is also developing a cheaper model, which can appeal to lower-income buyers in growth markets such as China and India.

Although it was rumored that the iPhone 5S would be presented in June, it seems that Apple already takes into account the presentation and the launch delay due to these problems with the materials used over the fingerprint reader. It is unlikely to delay it for more than 2-3 months, so instead of launching in the summer we could have a launch in the fall, just like last year, but Apple could have pretty big problems because HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 will definitely reduce iPhones sale.