Apple will not start manufacturing the next iPhone until September, rumours suggest, leaving iFans hanging on until next year until they can get their hands on the fifth-gen iteration of the hot-selling smartphone.
Market analysts Avian Securities first mooted a delay last month. Now the company claims to have heard tell from more insiders in Apple’s supply chain that the phone isn’t going into production until late in the third quarter.
Avian stated: "Conversations with yet another key component supplier indicate that production for the 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.
It’s not clear what’s influenced the seismic change to Apple’s release schedule. However, the most likely factor is the component supply shortages caused by the Japanese earthquake that have already disrupted the launch of Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play.
It’s not all bad news, though. The analysis dons’ report also revives hopes that Apple is working on a cheaper, low-end edition of the iPhone, as it looks to challenge Android in the mid-range smartphone space.
Informally dubbed the iPhone Nano, the budget-priced handset is apparently present and correct in Apple’s roadmap and is likely to land either “very late [in] 2011” or in 2012.
Other iPhone 5 rumours currently doing the rounds include the existence of silver and white editions from launch, support for NFC and dual snappers for video calling.