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Apple’s new iPhone 5S might be hard to find when it launches this fall

Published Jul 16th, 2013 9:40AM EDT
iPhone 5S Production Fingerprint Sensor

In what’s becoming a regular occurrence, an upcoming Apple product is reportedly facing manufacturing setbacks. Digitimes reports that “poor yields of fingerprint-recognition chips and LCD driver ICs” are holding back production of the iPhone 5S, which will likely face supply shortages when it launches in the fall. Digitimes‘ sources say that Apple’s manufacturing partners should have started volume production of the fingerprint sensors by early July at the latest, but poor early yields have disrupted the company’s plans. Last year both the iPad mini and iPhone 5 similarly faced production woes that limited their early supplies when they first hit the market.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.