For weeks there has been mounting evidence that Apple plans to introduce the iPhone 5 early next month. Now, however, a new report says that this highly-anticipated device is running into problems that could push back the launch.
The website 9to5Mac quotes unnamed sources when it reported that at least one of the plants that are producing the iPhone 5 is having difficulties… difficulties that could see this product being delayed or in short supply for months.
Exactly what the issues are supposed to be was not revealed. Apple has pushed the envelope in some areas of its designs in the past, such as display resolution and device thinness. Its next-generation smartphone is expected to be the thinnest yet, which could be a source of the problem.
It should be noted that this report is contradicted by one from earlier this month which said that companies were turning out 150,000 iPhone 5 units a day, with more than 6 million devices expected to be ready before launch day. Neither one of these has been officially confirmed by Apple, so it’s difficult to say which one is accurate.
It’s possible they both are. There will supposedly be two new models coming this fall. The iPhone 4S will be supposedly be very similar to the current version, but with a faster, dual-core Apple A4 processor. The iPhone 5 will be a redesigned device. The reports of manufacturers churning out millions of new iPhones could refer to the 4S, not the more advanced model.
iPhone 5 Preview
If the information that has leaked out about the fifth-generation iPhone is correct, it will have a slightly larger display than any of its predecessors, as well as an 8MP camera, and a larger Home button. This smartphone is expected to run iOS 5 on an A5 chip.
All of the Big Four U.S. carriers are reportedly going to offer the iPhone 5, not just AT&T and Verizon. It will allegedly be available in the first for second week of October — unless production problems force Apple to delay the launch.