Apple has lowered its projections for iPhone 4 shipments in Q2 in anticipation of the release of the iPhone 4S, component suppliers claim.
Sources in Cupertino’s supply chain in Taiwan have informed DigiTimes that the iPhone 4’s shipment has been lowered from 20 million to 17.5-18 million units in the second quarter. The move has been prompted by the fact that there’s an estimated 1.5-2 million units already in stock, as well as the rumoured release of the iPhone 4S in September.
DigiTimes’ report states: “Bases on global sales of 18.6 million units of iPhone 4 and shipment volumes in the first quarter of 2011, there are an estimated 1.5-2 million units in stock, the sources indicated.”
According to the tech news provider, production of the iPhone 4S may begin in August and ready for launch in September. Currently, Sprint and T-Mobile USA are the only networks are said to be onboard for the handset so it is not yet clear whether or not it may be an exclusive or region-specific model.
News of the developments come as rumours continue to run wild that Apple has pushed back the release of its fifth-generation iPhone to November, which given what sources in the far east are saying doesn’t seem to add up.
Apple may very well release the iPhone 4S as a stopgap until it is ready to announce the iPhone 5 next summer.
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