iPhone 5S could have dual-LED flash. Fingerprint sensor issues to affect initial production volumes
The next iPhone, which everyone refers to as the iPhone 5S, will probably be announced by Apple on September 10. Whether or not it will be joined on the market by the oft-leaked cheaper iPhone 5C remains to be seen, but in the meantime the rumors about the 5S are still pouring in.
Take the phone’s camera flash, for example. Thanks to a new leak of what are purported to be iPhone 5S components, we now know to expect this to be the first ever iPhone to sport a dual-LED flash. This should ensure better lighting when using the flash, obviously, even if it won’t get even close to the light levels achieved by ‘proper’ Xenon flashes. Still, it’s a step in a good direction, regardless.
The parts shown above are going to house the camera lens and the flash, and as you can see there’s more than enough room in there for two LEDs, as opposed to the one we’ve seen on previous iPhones. In the following image you can see the iPhone 5S part (above) compared to an iPhone 5 part (below):
So that should settle it. Also in iPhone 5S news, once again we’re hearing that this handset will come with a fingerprint sensor. However, this sensor is turning out to be quite the troublemaker for Apple, as it’s said to be responsible for a significant drop in production volumes until the end of September.
Initially, Apple expected to have 10 million iPhone 5S units made until the end of this quarter. That number has dropped to just 3-4 million units, because of issues with making the fingerprint sensor. The yield problems happened at a subsidiary of TSMC, and a team of engineers from both Apple and TSMC has been deployed at the subsidiary to work out the issues. Yet it seems that despite this, the first few batches of shipments will be much smaller than Apple would have hoped.
If true (keep in mind that’s a big if at this point), this could mean that Apple will choose to launch the new iPhone in just a handful of countries in September (or maybe even in the US alone), with others following sometime in October after the fingerprint sensor production ramps up to the necessary levels.