A new report conducted by Avian Securities and broken to Business Insider cites a conversation with a “key component supplier to Apple” and claims that the iPhone 5 won’t go into production until September, and as a result won’t see a release until the end of 2011 or maybe even early 2012. The report goes on to further the rumours that Apple may also be at work on a lower spec and lower priced iPhone. Sadly there is still no news on the hardware specifications of either device. You can read the full report below:
“Supporting out comments over the last month, conversations with yet another key component supplier indicates that production for iPhone-5 will begin in September. This is consistent with Avian findings in the supply chain in recent months and we believe the consensus view is moving towards this scenario. In addition, our conversations also indicate the existence of a lower-spec/lower-priced iPhone in Apple’s roadmap. However, while our contacts have seen the placeholder in the Apple roadmap, they do not yet have insight into specs or production timing. This leads us to believe that any launch is likely a very late 2011 or more likely a 2012 event. As a reminder, Avian has uncovered several data-points in recent months pointing to the existence of a lower-spec/lower-price iPhone. A lower-spec/lower-price iPhone has also been speculated in the press and gadget blogs, though we do not believe consensus currently discounts the existence of such a model.”
I’d take this report with a pinch of salt for now, launching that late could leave it competing with Sony’s NGP, not to mention the new wave of dual core smart phones which are slowly starting to roll out. But with so little known about it, it doesn’t seem all that implausible that we might have quite a long wait on our hands.
via Business Insider