Rumors about the iPhone 5S arriving with an embedded fingerprint scanner may be some of the most confounding to attach themselves to the upcoming smartphone. Despite all the claims, and even the appearance of what sure looks like iOS software support for such a feature, we just haven’t been seeing the hardware that would make all this possible. In spite of that, the rumors continue, and about a month ago we heard that supply problems with this scanner hardware might lead to post-launch shortages. Today we get a bit more specific assessment for just what effect this might have on iPhone 5S availability.
According to supply chain sources, Apple may only be able to have 3 or 4 million iPhone 5S handsets ready to sell in the weeks following the model’s launch, down from initial plans to make 10 million available. That spells a much greater impact than the shortages of a “few million” we heard earlier.
Supposedly, Apple has dispatched engineers to help assist with the packaging of these sensors – the step where the bulk of these difficulties apparently originates – and attempt to get production up to desired levels by the end of the month.