Analyst: iPhone 5C Coming Soon to Replace iPhone 5
It looks like Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) low-cost iPhone 5C really is low maintenance compared to its 5S offering expected to be unveiled September 10.
According to a report by Apple Insider that highlights KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s predictions, Apple is expected to ship close to 8.4 million of its low-end iPhone units this quarter, while shipments of the iPhone 5S are only expected to reach 5.2 million units due to production setbacks. That puts units of the 5C ahead of the 5S. However, because Apple expects the 5S to be its big-ticket holiday item, Kuo believes the company will combat these current supplier delays by increasing shipments of the iPhone 5S by 438 percent in the holiday quarter, allowing it to eventually meet demand of about 28 million units.
While it is still unclear what the production difficulties entail, Kuo maintains, “A timetable ensuring improvement has been established, which eases our concern over 5S production” and thus remains optimistic about the future of the 5S and previous predictions. Last week, we learned via Apple Insider that Kuo forecast the iPhone 5S to deviate from the norm and come out in a new gold color. He also believes a fingerprint sensor under the home button is a probability. That fingerprint sensor could be the item underlying the 5S yield rate issues, but it is reportedly a setback that can be overcome.