The iPhone 5S, the next-gen iPhone, could be delayed until after June due to problems associated with Apple’s new fingerprint-scanning feature designed by Apple to replace the passcode-based unlocking system on previous models.
According to reports, the Cupertino-based technology giant shipped back a consignment containing up to 8 million defective iPhone 5s smartphones to its Chinese manufacturer Foxconn citing “non-compliant” and “dysfunction” issues with the devices.
Quoting unnamed “Foxconn insiders,” Terry Gou, Chairman and President of Hon Hai Precision Industry (a.k.a. Foxconn) walked onto the shop-floor of the manufacturer on April 16, and urged supervisors and workers “to enhance the yield, professional training, the promotion of morale” while announcing the setting up of a quality control office after the latest debacle.
According to the China Business News, Foxconn stands to lose 200 yuan ($32) apiece in labour costs, which would add up to $256.8 million for 8 million faulty iPhones translating to two-thirds of Foxconn’s profit for 2012.
With this latest debacle, it appears that the ‘repaired’ iPhone 5S can’t reach us before July, and that too if Foxconn manages to get it right the second time.