Delay of iPhone could lead to drop in iPhone sales in 2022 and 2023

Prominent analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities says the delay in the iPhone with an under-screen Touch ID fingerprint scanner and foldable iPhone will hurt iPhone shipments in 2022 and 2023.

As we already reported, according to the forecast of Ming-Chi Kuo, the sub-screen fingerprint sensor Touch ID in the Apple smartphone will not appear until 2023, when the iPhone 15 is due to enter the market. Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple did indeed plan to include Touch ID in the iPhone 14 the following year, however, some issues slowed down progress in the development of this feature. The analyst did not say what exactly caused Apple's development to be behind schedule. These same issues are pushing back the proposed foldable iPhone release from 2023 to 2024.

If Apple waits until 2024 to launch its foldable iPhone, it will lag behind other major manufacturers: Apple will not be able to lead the foldable smartphone market for a while as the market is led by Samsung Electronics and Chinese manufacturers such as Huawei and Xiaomi, which make such products.

Kuo previously said that Apple will release 15 to 20 million foldable iPhones in 2023. The smartphone should be made in the Galaxy Z Fold form factor. Other experts said Apple was choosing between the two foldable prototypes and opting for a foldable clamshell like the Galaxy Z Flip.

The analyst is confident that the 2022 iPhone will have a hole in the screen instead of the famous bangs. The lineup is expected to include the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max next year.

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