As we near to the launch date of iPhone, which is September 10th, we’re getting interesting reports from KGI Securities’ Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo said in a note on Monday that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is expected to ship 8.4 million iPhone 5C units in the current September quarter. But because of problems in the manufacturing of the iPhone 5S, it will be limited to just 5.2 million units in this quarter.
Apple to increase iPhone 5S shipments
Kuo expects that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will increase iPhone 5S shipments by 438 percent in the holiday 2013 quarter, and it will reach production of 28 million units in just three months of time. This should put the iPhone 5S ahead in terms of shipment.
“Despite yield rate issues with fingerprint sensor module and casing, a timetable ensuring improvement has been established, which eases our concerns over 5S production,” Kuo said. “We hold a positive view on growth momentum along the iPhone supply chain, for which we expect a jump from August followed by sustained growth into September and (the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013).”
Foxconn started production of new LTE supported iPhone 5C
Kuo also said that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s manufacturing partner Foxconn Technology Co., Ltd. (TPE:2354) (OTCMKTS:FXCOF) has already started production of a new LTE supported iPhone 5C for carrier China Mobile in August.
One of the reasons why the iPhone 5C could be available in more numbers than the iPhone 5S is because the 5C would feature largely the same components of the iPhone 5, with the exception of its plastic frame. The 5C is the cheaper version of the flagship phone, so the plastic frame would save on costs. It would also most likely be less powerful than the flagship phone.
The iPhone 5S, the Cuptertino company’s flagship phone, may be available in a new gold color and 128 GB option. The 5S also might come with a fingerprint sensor under the home button.
Apple to unveil iPhone 5S and 5C on September 10
The company is expected to announce both the models – 5S and 5C at the September 10th event. Also Kuo is of the opinion that the 5C is going to replace the iPhone 5, while the 4S is here to stay.
We’ve now got less than a month to know what Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s going to offer us. The company surely needs something strong to entice us, else, we’ve already got a large choice of Android phones, right?