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Is Apple's iPhone Facing Potential Problems in China?

If the early indications are true, the launch of the latest editions of Apple's  (NASDAQ: AAPL  )  iPhone might not go as smoothly as many had hoped. The rumor mill is abuzz on word that the company's fingerprint sensors might be giving its manufacturing partners fits, which could have implications for supplies of the high-end smartphone.

And to make matters worse, it also appears Apple might be facing some headwinds in the increasingly integral market of China. In the days since the iPhone became available for pre-order, investors were given slightly sour news from the two Chinese carriers that sell the iPhone: China Unicom and China Telecom. So what's the latest in this key space, and how should investors interpret it? In this video, Fool contributor Andrew Tonner breaks down two emerging stories for Apple's iPhone in China.

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  • Report this Comment On September 21, 2013, at 12:06 PM, larryw101 wrote:

    Hey Motley Fool, give it a break. One minute you're all bullish Apple, then you're not, then you are again and then your not.

    Do ever realize how much credibility you guys lose with your numerous articles that come out day after day saying one thing one day and something entirely different the next?

    You are the laughing stock on most message boards, especially Apple's. Why would anyone take your advice when your opinion will change the next day? Are you publishing all these articles just for the advertising dollars you collect from advertisers or are you serious about investment advice.

    You change your mind more times on a stock than I can keep up with.

  • Report this Comment On September 21, 2013, at 12:07 PM, spitha wrote:

    I disagree with your view re Apple's phones in China.

    The market there is, granted, difficult. But the quality of Apple's phones, black to gold, and the world-wide human need to find out what "best" is all about, which in reasonable terms IS affordable, these two attributes will have the majority of people overcome many obstacles just to own one! And, please, do not forget their wonderful iOS software, support, and the incredibly large (and unapproachable) number of Apps Apple offers. China will open up more and more to the Apple ecosystem.

    Thank you for the hospitality.



  • Report this Comment On September 21, 2013, at 2:24 PM, Breaker18 wrote:

    So MF now takes what one analyst says who is a known short and repeats it. How about doing actual research for once.

  • Report this Comment On September 21, 2013, at 2:31 PM, OceanJackson wrote:

    The demand for the Gold 5S in China is large. You cite weak 5C orders.

    You can't compare that to last year, when only 1 phone version was available for sale.

    5S's were not available for pre-order.

    But it's fairly clear demand for 5S, especially Gold, is perhaps more than twice that of the 5C.

    I am concerned however about the Fingerprint manufacturing yield in terms of opening weekend supply, and sales figures.

  • Report this Comment On September 21, 2013, at 5:46 PM, Jaybones21 wrote:

    This type of stock news drives the stock price down!

    Articles that have no true real evidence!!

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