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Is Apple Inc. (AAPL) Facing New iPhone Production Issues Already?

If you have not been keeping up with the latest information surrounding when the next generation Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone will begin production, you will want to check out our story from yesterday (the details may surprise you). While there are a lot of rumors circulating, one thing is for sure: Cupertino is getting ready to push this device to the market sooner rather than later.

Apple Inc. (AAPL)Of course, this is only the case if everything goes as planned. Unfortunately, if a report by Digitimes is correct, Apple is already beginning to face some issues.

Here is what the report had to say:

“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.”

If true, this is bad news for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) from the start. The last thing Cupertino wants is a slow down at this time. After all, it wants to be hitting on all cylinders when the new smartphone finally launches in a few months.

The report goes on to state that fingerprint-recognition and LCD driver chips should have been under production already, but this was pushed back to the end of July.

Here is more from the piece:

“About three million units of the initial shipments of iPhone 5S will be delayed to the fourth quarter, indicated the sources.

For the fourth quarter of 2013, total shipments of iPhones, including iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and the speculated iPhone 5S, are likely to reach 30 million units, the sources estimated.”

At this point, there is nothing concrete saying that this report is 100 percent accurate. That being said, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has faced similar issues in the past so it would not be that big of a surprise.

There is no doubt that Apple needs to get people excited once again with its next generation iPhone. It has been a while since the company announced a new device, and this one is being anticipated by millions upon millions of consumers all over the world. And of course, investors are keeping a close watch on the company at the same time.

If true, this report is not good news for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and its ramps up production of its next generation iPhone. Only time will tell if this is true, and if so, whether the company can recover.

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