Recent rumors indicate that some Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone’s may be defective. China Business was the first to report that as many as 8 million Apple smartphones have been returned to Foxconn Technology Co., Ltd. (TPE:2354) thanks to a defective design.

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The defective phones reportedly have either substandard or dysfunctional problems. Although the report neglected to share which generation was giving problems, there is speculation that it could be the iPhone 5. A while ago, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) admitted they had problems and the current generation saying it was “the most difficult device.”

There has been zero problems or any indication of them during the production period from Foxconn. It’s predicted that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) may also face problems with the production of their upcoming iPhone5S thanks to possible technical challenges. In early April, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported, “Apple has to work out how to prevent interference from the black and white coating material under the cover glass. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is the first to attempt this function and technology, and time is needed to find the right coating material, which will likely affect iPhone 5S shipments.”

Unlike many tech brands and smartphone makers, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has always prided itself for quality. Most consumers expect nothing less than quality from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), so if this rumor is true, it’s certainly surprising.

This rumor is just a rumor and has yet to be confirmed by a reliable source. However, if this rumor is true, it’s likely that there may be a significant delay for the production of the next iPhone. It’s important for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) to re-evaluate their products and design to protect their brand. With competition from the likes of Samsung, it’s crucial to stay a step ahead.

Hopefully, this rumor is either false or grossly exaggerated. If it is true, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) should spend more time perfecting  their next generation of iPhone’s (and perhaps iPad’s) before introducing them to the public.

[via: China Business]