published the report in July and repeated it a month after.
“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.
Volume production of fingerprint-recognition and LCD driver chips for the iPhone 5S should have started at the end of June or early in July, but issues related to yield rates will delay commercial production of the two chips to the end of July, therefore affecting the initial supply of the iPhone 5S, the sources explained.”
A video of the fingerprint sensor shows that it is quite difficult to place so many components in a tiny space, and this may be the reason for no pre-orders. Another theory is that Apple wants long lines outside its retail stores as they are a great attention grabber. However, this theory may not hold true because Samsung successfully managed to get as much media attention with their flagships on preorders.
The real story may not ever be known. Perhaps Apple wanted to see how the iPhone 5c goes? We’re not sure. What do you think? Why isn’t the 5s available for preorders?