iPhone 5 production starting in September?
The Avian Securities memo says that "yet another key component supplier indicates that production for 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."
Production beginning in September sounds far more realistic, putting the release date in late 2011, in time for the holidays, or in early 2012. While it might seem odd for Apple to go without an iPhone release in 2011, it makes sense when considering the CDMA iPhone 4. While it wasn't a truly new device, it carried the same function for Apple's bottom line.
In the same memo, Avian Securities also touches on the possibility of a lower-end iPhone: "our conversations also indicate the existence of a lower-spec/lower-priced iPhone in Apple's roadmap. However, while our contacts have seen the placeholder in the Apple roadmap, they do not yet have insight into specs or production timing."
So that might mean that there is a top secret low-end iPhone in the works, or it might mean that Apple is merely considering it. Perhaps they want to make suppliers aware of the possibility, so they can't complain about short notice.
source: Business Insider
1. Hallucinator (Posts: 344; Member since: 24 May 2010)
If they wait til September to start production, Android will get an even larger lead and Apple will not make it up. Too many High end Android devices coming out and alot of people will just jump ship.
14. ayephoner (Posts: 849; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
apple vs. android doesnt have too many people jumping from one ship to the other. plenty of people will wait for the next iphone whether it comes in june or november.
the later release makes sense:
-verizon iphone 4 just came out
-big changes (two form factors) are strongly rumored
-one major release/yr, it makes sense to move it to just before the holiday season
17. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
I have to agree there. Again, the majority of smartphones aren't purchased by folks who actually know what all of these specs mean...they are regular consumers. If someone is waiting for the next iPhone, they aren't going to get to June and suddenly switch because they see a shiney new device. They are going to wait however long it takes for a new iPhone to come out.
Plus, Android has a new phone every few months. Apple does one phone a year. If people haven't switched to Android with that in mind, what's another few months?
29. Horse_Feathers (Posts: 7; Member since: 29 Mar 2011)
Are those piercings, Jeff?
I totally agree with ayephoner and yourself; I'm prepared to wait until next year before the new phone is released and then, with any luck, my wife will upgrade and I'll get her 3GS. But then again, I might not be able to resist a brand new 5....
16. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 462; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)
That's what you sit and hope for. Nobodies jumping ship to android. Most people like simple functionality and nobody delivers better than apple. The new iPhone will come out and sell millions upon millions and have a month or longer waiting period. Please name 1 android device(who I do like) that will come close. If android os wasn't on every other phone that was released, this wouldn't even be a topic of disagreement. Apple has a following that is unmatched. Just look at the ipad 2. Apple isn't going anywhere so please stop making yourself look ridiculous with your posts.
27. Hallucinator (Posts: 344; Member since: 24 May 2010)
See, its dumb ass people like you that make all Apple fans look like !@#$%. I never once said Apple was going anywhere. Fact. many people are bored with the same old ios. Fact People get set in their ways and expect the next iphone to come out in June/July. Im just saying when/if it doesn't even start getting produced until Sept in my belief some people are not going to wait around.(Not Fact just Opinion)
35. Jayd (unregistered)
Last year the htc desire was the best selling phone in the uk and beat the iphone in sales, it may not be worldwide but i shows something, the iphone is certainly beatable
2. Super Android Evo (unregistered)
Yes I agree, something is not right. Apple to wait till September to START production, just doesn't sound right. I wonder what Apple is up to?
30. Horse_Feathers (Posts: 7; Member since: 29 Mar 2011)
They're trying to fit a washing-machine into the 5....
40. I am not an apple fan but I lo (unregistered)
Apple has to carefully and with the highest precision they will make their best ever selling phone.
3. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
Why does a June release seem unlikely? Because rumors point to delays? That makes rumors of a July release just as likely. They're all rumors. Also all kinds of talk about lower-end iPhones is redundant. Weve had lower end iPhones. When the 3GS came out the 3G was the lower end and sold for less and right now the 3GS is a lower end iPhone that matches specs of lower end android phones and is sold for 50 bucks. You wanna lower end iPhone just look to last years model. This is why apple hasn't released a "lower-end" version IMO. Why produce something new that will just match the specs of last years model when last years model sells cheap.
25. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
Well it's almost the same concept as the iPod touch vs. the iPod nano. It's not irregular for Apple to put out a lower spec'd cheaper offering. The 3GS is considered a clearance item...not the same thing as launching a brand new low end device b/c it's not new. I think that there would be some advantages with a new lower end Apple phone as opposed to giving the 3GS that title.
4. ryq (unregistered)
the japan earthquake i believe is the main reason for the delay. sony have confirmed that they will be supplying the camera for the next iphone and they are having production problem due to the quake which also led sony ericsson to delay the launch of its neo and possibly Play and also the limited supply of its arc.
5. SomeGuy (unregistered)
The only reason there could be a later release date is if they making some BIG changes. Which many rumors have been pointing to big changes... However, every year there are big rumors that don't end up being true.
I really want to move to Verizon for an iPhone, but am holding out for the 5. I hope they don't start making them in September... Grrr, this 3GS is awesome, but it feels really dated in comparison to many of the HTC phones coming out... Come on Apple. Let's go.
6. andro (unregistered)
The longer this cash gulping device takes to come out the better. Rush it and it will be as equally as faulty as the iphone 4,maybe with the extra time idrones under apples control will see sense not to buy another apples product at extreme prices which is essentially the same phone since 5 years ago with minimal outside tweaks year on year. Its like someone buying the same jacket year after year but the 'new' one every year has better stitching or a new pocket or something.
11. SomeGuy (unregistered)
I wasn't interested in the iPhone until the 3GS... I'm not interested in the iPhone 4 either. The iPhone 5 will have the A5 chip in addition to many other improvements... Ok Apple, you have my attention again. I think Apple is beginning to realize that HTC and Motorola are passing them by and it's time to step up.. The additional time for the release makes me hopeful for some big improvements.
It's flip flopped for Android though... The OS is young but their hardware is killer. iOS is much more highly developed and smoother. I think if Apple steps up their hardware game it might have a chance for survival.
31. Horse_Feathers (Posts: 7; Member since: 29 Mar 2011)
Me...see...iphone 5... Me...want... Me...wait...long...time...
33. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
ya andro r u high? cause there is virtually nothing the same between iphone one and iphone 4... u four year old can see that...and where r these extreme prices? is 200 dollars not the average phone price anymore? oh and with ur jacket analogy, that doesn't even make sense since the iphone has an interior and exterior, while the jacket only has an exterior. Oh ya and show me how they had that a4 in the iphone 1...
36. Jayd (unregistered)
Across the pond, iPhone is free on a £45 month contract 2 years minimum, htc htc desire HD is £25 month for 2 years with the exact same plan, were is the logic there? and the galaxy s is free on £20 a month.
39. sscorp99 (Posts: 40; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
YEp I'm moving to europe just so I can get a free Iphone...lol
7. dok2005 (unregistered)
ok well even without rumors apple like to control their products. So the next iphone release will be a universal release for both at&t and verizon. Second apple hired alot of people to work on lte network which both companies are invested in and will have by September. Wouldn't be in apple interest to have one with lte and the other without it because that would be to inconsistent for them. which would also make it sounds better to call the next one iphone 4g keeping with the trend. let alone it gives it a chance to get parts from other companies thanks to the new law (http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/05/just-say-no-apple-and-intel-stop-using-conflict-minerals/). Let alone that they get their processor chips from samsung and sony announce that they will now make cameras for apple product which might take time since the statement was released a few days ago, but all in all time will tell. Unless we see a leak from VITA which was always on point if u check the history records.
Far as a low end iphone no way no how. i have to agree with clevername for the most part except not all low end android phones is on the same level as last year model. Let alone price for old iphone maybe be 50 but getting it off contract still go 350 - 500 still when low end android goes for 120 - 300 for the same specs or better.
8. applesauce (unregistered)
maybe they've realized just how miserable and outdated the 4 is and are trying to steal some new patents from other companies to shore up their offerings on the next made-in-china pos they'll come out with. I bet AT&T customers who got the 3G and 3GS two years ago are going to be upset since they can't upgrade to the 2011 model
9. kcombs (Posts: 275; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)
I don't beleve anything unless it comes out of Job's mouth.
12. dok2005 (unregistered)
lol jobs not go be their much longer so what are u go believe now lol
13. ps1001 (Posts: 65; Member since: 14 Dec 2010)
i do believe that by the years end we'll see a new iPhone- 5.1... cause the new i5 will most likely come in jun-sep time... i think apple will release 2(maybe even 3) new models this year- if they wanna stay in the game... remember, there's also a big rumor bout iPad2.1 coming in autumn...
so probably apple will "break the habit" this year...
15. etownone (Posts: 40; Member since: 25 Jul 2010)
Release with dual CPU, more memory, better gpu, better cameras front and back with a 4 inch screen, and add LTE of Verizon and the 4g speeds of t-mobile/ATT and just name it the ........ "the iPhone 4G."
The sheep will come running
22. dok2005 (unregistered)
they are releasing a dual cpu duh.... lte will be for both since att will be using lte soon duh....... and i already said name it iphone 4g lol but glad u agree and yes people will flop to it even without all that just because its an iphone.
24. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
Enough Morons already call the iPhone the iPhone 4G... I hear it day in and day out :/
18. joey18 (Posts: 587; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)
I have droid x but when it comes iphone i will buy bcs apple makes better products any android phone is the same they only make minor changes ...
21. dok2005 (unregistered)
apple high end vs android high end
please look up specs before spitting out apple better let along they get their product from other company that make high end smartphone for android it just be better that way. just like iphone 4 wasnt the best phone of the year at all. infact were on phonearena u can do comparisons to other phones, their plenty articles on here that does comparisons even more of an engadget person when it comes to that. last but not least if u dont know what something mean look it up and come back to this and repost
now if we were talking about OS then thats really come down to opinion.
19. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
COM ON ENOUGH WITH THE IPAD 3 IPHONE 5 IPHONE 6.
20. ayephoner (Posts: 849; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
inorite, why does this site keep talking about new/upcoming devices?
its so trite!!
23. IOS5 (unregistered)
From Android side there's only one competitor samsung galaxy s2 other I don't think so Apple care about them a lot even though the galaxy s2 it's going to delay.
28. Kjayhawk (Posts: 293; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)
Disagree there are tons of android phones that will be able to compete with the iPhone 5 by september but right now the S II is probably the only true competitor. But by september tegra will release the Tegra 3 which is quad core. Technology is going to be much further by september, and more phones will be released. It will be very exciting to see what Android comes out with to compete with the iPhone 5
26. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
I think that even if there was a phone who had sex with you & didn't want to cuddle afterwards there's no such thing as the "best" phone. The features that I think are the greatest thing another may think it's sucks. It's all about the individual & what their priorities are in a phone...