Are There More iPhone Headaches Ahead for Apple?

Tech giant Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) all-important iPhone release is just days away. As the company typically does, Apple opened the iPhone to pre-orders the week before it was set to ship -- sort of. There's one caveat: in several key markets, the high-end iPhone 5s is not available for pre-order, only the iPhone 5c.

This naturally put investors on high alert that something might be amiss in the days before the 5s hits shelves. In the video below, Fool contributor Andrew Tonner breaks down the apparent problems facing the 5s supply and what it could mean for investors in the months to come.

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  • Report this Comment On September 18, 2013, at 11:45 PM, spakklal wrote:

    Andrew this kind of news is common before the release of a new iPhone. Such rumors are mostly circulated by sell side analysts which have been wrong most of the time. peter miser from jeffries, and Citi Analysts whom I have very little respect or trust because they have been speculating about production delays or Sales slowing down for 5 or 6 quarters and most of the time they have been wrong. It would be crazy to listen to these guys before knowing their track record.

  • Report this Comment On September 19, 2013, at 12:25 AM, JHawkinTexas wrote:

    Why do you fall for this crap and why do you propagate it? This same speculation occurred over the release of the 4S and 5 and in the end Apple blew the numbers out of the water. This year Apple has major launches in Japan (which is having a price war), China, and the US simultaneously. Apple's only reason for not selling the 5S thru pre-order was to generate buzz and speculation around a shortage and HUGE lines on Friday. Appears you are helping them out.

    I was hoping stock would dip below $440 but appears I won't get my wish. I'm sure the hedge funds have done same analysis I have done with respect to the A7 and Touch ID. Buckle up!

  • Report this Comment On September 19, 2013, at 4:09 AM, fauxscot wrote:

    ...or may not. Who knows?

    There. I am an analyst, too.

  • Report this Comment On September 19, 2013, at 5:38 AM, Tuxster12345 wrote:

    To hell with the iPhone 5s or 5c! When are they coming out with the iPhone 600000000b??????

  • Report this Comment On September 19, 2013, at 8:10 AM, Jjkiam wrote:

    My fellow commenters are right to point out the incredibly consistent "rumors" of serious production problems which accompany EVERY Apple new product launch. While there were real production delays with the Iphone5 launch;y belief is that Apple would have been very diligent in ensuring that both the component mfg processes and the assembly process had been adequately vetted to reliably produce enough quantity tower their anticipated order requirements. If not and these rumors are true and Apple faces serious production constraints then the board will have to act to replace Cook and his team in charge of production because that would border on almost criminal malfeasance. But in the end I don't believe that TC is THAT stupid to keep repeating the se mistake over and over again. They have been preparing this sapphire scanner for years.

    They acquired Authentec in 2011 for this very purpose.

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