Well known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, who has an accurate track record of predicting the company’s plans, believes that iPhone 5C is going to outship the iPhone 5S this quarter. It is believed this would be due to production issues with Apple’s next generation iPhone.
In a note to investors today, Kuo says that Apple is likely to ship 8.4 million units of the low cost iPhone 5C as opposed to just 5.2 million units of the company’s full fledged iPhone. Time and again there have been rumors that Apple has been facing production issues with the iPhone 5S. Kuo reiterates that, claiming that difficulties in manufacturing the device will limit it to just 5.2 million units.
On the face of it, 5.2 million units will seem a lot. Apple will initially launch the iPhone 5S in selected markets and before production ramps up in Q4, 2013, it would have to divide 5.2 million units in all of those markets. For a new premium Apple smartphone that comes after an entire year and amid rising hype, it would be a chore for the company to meet massive demand with just 5.2 million units.
The much rumored fingerprint sensor on iPhone 5S is believed to be causing these manufacturing issues. Though Kuo notes that despites issues with this component, a timetable has been established which eases concerns over iPhone 5S production.Both the low cost iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S are expected to be unveiled next month, presumably at an event that’s going to take place on September 10th.