Apple is reportedly facing delays on the release of its next iPhone due to manufacturing problems.
Industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities in Taiwan said that the company's manufacturing partners have been experiencing delays in obtaining and manufacturing key hardware components for both a new iPhone and iPad.
According to a report published by Apple news site MacRumors, Kuo believes that the so-called 'iPhone 5S' release will be delayed from a an original target of late June or July to as far back as the August/September timeframe.
Among the issues cited by Kuo include problems obtaining touch sensors and ramping up production of colour casings for a new low-cost iPhone model.
Apple has long been believed to be targeting a summer release for the next version of the iPhone. Early reports from manufacturing partners suggest that the company has been aiming to release the device in June, a departure from its previous schedule which has seen the last two iPhone models arrive late in the Summer.
Currently, the new iPhone is believed to be in its manufacturing stages as Apple's hardware partners work to assemble and prepare the new handsets for their public unveiling. Apple, long-renowned for its ability to keep new products under wraps, has not given any official word or release date for a new iPhone model.
Despite heightened competition from Android and Windows Phone vendors, Apple continues to see strong sales of its iPhone, with last year's release topping five million sales in its first days on the market.
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