Apple has launched a new iPhone model in early summer four years in a row, but reports coming from parts suppliers in Asia indicate that the next version won’t go into production until early fall. Avian Securities became the second market analyst firm to release a note predicting the delay of the iPhone. This one says:
“Supporting our 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 February, FBR Capital Markets made a very similar prediction.
At this point, none of the sources for these reports have been able to give a solid reason why Apple would push back the release of its most important products by three months or more. One possible explanation could be Verizon’s very late launch of the iPhone 4. This carrier didn’t introduce the smartphone until February, so if the iPhone 5 launches in June or July, those who just bought the previous version a few months earlier might feel like they had been tricked.
Other Details on the iPhone 5
The specifications for Apple’s next-generation model have been the subject of quite a number of leaks and rumors in recent months. Among the most persistent of these is that it will have a larger display, though the screen resolution and size of the overall device are supposedly not going to change.
Most sources agree that this model is going to run iOS 5 on the Apple A5 1 GHz dual-core processor, which is debuting recently in the iPad 2. It might also be the first iPhone with an 8-megapixel camera, and also include NFC (Near Field Communications), which would allow the device to be used to make purchases at specially-equipped stores.