The next-gen iPhone will not go into production until the third-quarter, analysts predict, adding weight to speculation that the handset won’t land until much later in the year than had been expected.
Since the first iPhone landed back in 2007, Apple has refreshed its handset annually every June.
However, persistent rumours have recently surfaced that this year the so-called iPhone 5 won’t arrive until September or November, with component and labour shortages cited as key factors for the change.
Today, speculation over a later launch date gained further credence after financial analysts FBR Capital Markets claimed to have been told by insider sources that manufacturing of the handset isn’t scheduled to even start until July at the earliest.
The sources also revealed details about the phone’s feature set, which is said to include an eight-megapixel camera with a CMOS sensor courtesy of OmniVision.
The phone is also purportedly set to use a single baseband chip that can be used on both GSM and CDMA networks, presumably intended to cut costs by streamlining production and removing the need for separate models for different countries.
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