We’re less than a month away from September 10th, when Apple is expected to unveil its new smartphones. There have been many rumors over the past couple of months claiming that Apple is facing production issues which might constrain iPhone 5S shipments upon launch. The primary cause of these issues is said to be the fingerprint sensor. As per a well known analyst with a solid track record of predicting Apple’s plans, the production issues might lead to the iPhone 5S being outshipped by the iPhone 5C in the September quarter.
Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities believes that Apple will ship 8.4 million iPhone 5C units while only managing to ship 5.2 million units of the iPhone 5S. Despite that, Kuo believes that iPhone 5C won’t become Apple’s best selling iPhone. Instead the iPhone 5S shipments are expected to grow by 438 percent in the holiday quarter after September, reaching to nearly 28 million units being shipped around the globe. Even if the future means that iPhone 5S units will roll off production lines without any further issues, Apple would have limited supply available at launch to meet the demand of all those who have been waiting for a new iPhone, for well over a year now. Both iPhones will be launched in selected markets initially, and stock will be divided between those markets to cater to the launch day demand. Another analyst recently said that iPhone 5S is going to be Apple’s most successful iPhone launch ever, one can bet that initial demand will be overwhelming.
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