Apple will press ahead with a September launch date for the iPhone 5, an insider claims, despite reports of parts shortages that could mean that supplies of the handset are limited.
Whispers on tech sites in recent weeks suggested that the four-inch display panels set to feature in the sixth-gen iPhone are in particularly short supply and could cause a strategy rethink at Cupertino.
Not so, it seems. According a ‘trusted industry insider’ cited by Apple Insider, display-manufacturer JDJ has amassed a stockpile of screens that should hit ten million units by the end of the third quarter.
This, coupled with the fact that Sharp and LG will continue to manufacture panels for Apple, albeit in relatively small numbers, means that Apple’s supply of screens will stand between 14 million and 18 million by the end of the third quarter.
Even if demand outstrips previous iPhones, the volume of panels amassed means that Apple should have ample to press ahead with launching its next challenger, the site’s source claims.
News of Apple’s plans comes amid separate reports that the iPhone 5 is already in production at factories operated by the company’s Chinese manufacturing partner Foxconn, ahead of a mooted retail-street date in late September or early October.
Billed variously and probably not a little hyperbolically as the "biggest smartphone upgrade ever" and as the last-ever device to bear the holy imprint of Steve Jobs, the iPhone 5 is expected to feature an all-new, taller design, a quad-core processor for heavy graphical bench-pressing and 4G support.