Apple could postpone the launch of its sixth-generation iPhone amid limited supply of a new baseband radio chip it plans to use on the handset, reports China-based First Financial Daily.
According to Gu Wenjun, a researcher with iSuppli, the Qualcomm-developed chips are in short supply just as forecast in May by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. In the worst case scenario, this will result in the iPhone 5’s debut being pushed back until Apple is satisfied it will be able to meet the tremendous demand it’s set to face.
Qi Fei, a Qualcomm spokesperson in China, has revealed the chips, which are manufactured using a cutting-edge 28-nanometre-fabrication process known only to a few companies, are proving to be more difficult than anticipated to produce in mass volumes, with stock being depleted fast amid their growing popularity since the second quarter.
The chipmaker said it will be able to tackle the undersupply problem by the end of the year, but that could mean Apple may miss the unofficial autumn due date for the iPhone 5. However, we don't doubt the iGiant has a contingency plan and will probably look to other manufacturers should the necessity arise.
Latest rumours suggest the iPhone 5 could be released as early as September 12th. Only time will tell if this is the really the case.
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