April 24, 2014

Defected Wintek-Made Touch Panels May Influence Initial iPhone 5 Shipments


iPhone 5 is just days away now and Digitimes is reporting that a defect found in Wintek-Made iPhone 5 touch panels may influence iPhone 5′s early shipments. Usually Apple start shipping iPhone within weeks of it’s on-stage preview but this time shipments can get a little delay.

A defect has presented in some iPhone 5 touch panels produced by Wintek which may affect the ability to meet initial shipment targets for the launch which is expected in October, according to iPhone supply chain makers.

The defect in iPhone 5′s touch panel is, “delayed bubble“. Now this is something really tiny and very hard to see and you cannot avoid it after the process of touch panel lamination is completed. Wintek was also Apple’s supplier for iPhone 4 Touch panels and manufacturing process of iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 is almost same so it is believed by the analysts that the defect will be removed very soon.

This is just the initial set of problems for upcoming iPhone 5, Apple previously had light leakage issues with early units of iPhone 4. But it is unlikely that Apple may delay iPhone 5 shipments because Wintek accounts for 20-25% of the total production of touch panels used in iPhone 5, while Taiwan-based TPK Holding accounts for 60-65% and Chimei Innolux for the remainder, the sources indicated.

Wintek in response to this problem calmly indicated that all of their products in production right now will be delivered on time. According to recent reports Apple is planning to launch upcoming iteration of iPhone on October 4th at their Special Fall Media event. Story is still jumping around the possible form factor of upcoming iPhone 5/4S. A recent report created a lot of speculation that Apple is planning to release iPhone 4S only and no iPhone 5 is planned for this year. This report also suggested that Apple would be releasing iPhone 4S with a minor hardware bump like a new A5 processor, a large display probably 4.0 inches and an 8 megapixel auto focus camera. And we’ve already seen some leaked pictures of iPhone 4S running A5 processors.

Some analysts believe that Apple would launch two iPhones this year iPhone 5 with a completely new design and iPhone 4S, a low-cost version of iPhone for low-income targeted markets.

Apple has successfully kept everybody in speculations and reports in case of iPhone 5. We haven’t seen one single picture leaked or any part leak which may belong to upcoming iPhone 5. Though we’ve seen a lot part leaks of iPhone 4S.

This mystery of iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 will be unfolded on October 4th probably and all of us will get our answers.

We will keep you updated on this, stay tuned!

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