iPhone 4S cases arrive at AT&T, iPhone 5 might be facing delays over touch panel issues

iPhone 4S cases arrive at AT&T, iPhone 5 might be facing delays over touch panel issues
The beans have been spilled about the next-gen iPhone (or iPhones) launch - October 4th is already marked on our calendars as that’s when Apple is expected to hold an event featuring new CEO Tim Cook. But in the meantime, the first cases for the iPhone 4S have hit AT&T stores practically confirming that a new iPhone is on its way and at least one of the devices will be an incremental update to the current iPhone 4.

The iPhone 4S cases, coming from Otterbox and Speck, are nearly the same as those for the current handset hinting that an upgrade will mostly happen under the hood. Actually, the Otterbox one carries the name “iPhone 4S” printed out

So what has changed? Most notably, it’s the camera, which now requires a larger opening on the back of the Speck case. The volume buttons look redesigned and are now on the right side.

At the same time, a possible iPhone 5 might be facing delays due to a touch panel display issue, according to iPhone supply chain makers quoted by Taiwanese daily Digitimes.

The issue affects Wintek-made touch panels in particular and has been dubbed “delayed bubble,” a bubble of gas trapped between layers of film. There are no specifics about the number of iPhones affected and Wintek responded by simply stating that deliveries are going on schedule.

The company is reportedly responsible for 20% to 25% of the total number of panels produced. A 60% to 65% majority is manufactured by Taiwanese TPK Holding, while the small fraction left is attributed to Chimei Innolux. Apple, on its part, is estimated by some to ship 26 million new iPhones in the last quarter of the year. 

One thing is sure, the iPhone craze is looming closer. What do you expect to see on October 4th?

source: BGR, DigiTimes

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iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB



1. SpanishDeveloper

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 25, 2011

I expect the following: -> iPhone 4S: Better camera, same IPS LCD screen and probably the A4 chip with more CPU speed. -> iPhone 5: A total upgrade of the previous iPhone 4: Bigger display (4 inches will be good), thinner, less weight, A5 dual-core chip, 1GB or more of RAM, at least 8MP camera with 1080p full-HD recording...

16. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

Not sure about the 4in screen and 1GB of RAM

32. nastynaps

Posts: 93; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

That sounds about right to me. I imagine they're giving the developers time to adjust for changes in screen size. I feel it might be late on the technical side with those specs but Apple has always done well despite not being on the technical cutting edge.

36. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

If an LTE iPhone is coming out 1H 2012, I'd rather wait for that..


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Until IOS becomes more complex it really doesnt need these specs.

15. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

If it doesn't meet these spec, all the fandroids will start saying shxt... oh Apple is behind on hardware parts and charging people premium at the same time.... dumb@$$ iPhones users are stupid....

20. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

1 question. Do you think Waka Flocka is a good rapper or are you just being funny with that picture?

28. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

Thumb up on your comment lol

3. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Apple used 3 different display manufactures, did they made exact display quality and specs. as Apple requested? Example cheese burger at Wendy's and McDonald's tasted different.

18. DoctorD0S

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

The displays are made to the same specifications. I would say its more accurate to compare a Wendy's cheeseburger from two different Wendy's restaurants. They may be slightly different based on the person making them, but to most people there is no difference. That is all Apple needs.

4. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

VIA Technologies sues Apple for patent infringement Filed in the US District Court in Delaware, VIA claims that Cupertino's iThings and Apple TVs infringe patent numbers 6,253,312, 6,253,311 and 6,754,810, which cover various microprocessor functions. A complaint's also been lodged with the ITC.

5. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Iphone 5 with 'touch panel fault',sure not,after all history has proven that no iphones are faulty no matter how many dropped calls or need for restore is required. As for iphone 4s even the most stupid of islaves cannot justify spending so much money on this so called 'new' phone

24. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

you dont know the cost or the features. calm down, fandroid

6. SpanishDeveloper

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 25, 2011

I have the iPhone 4 from its launch date in Spain (July 31th of 2010) and I'm not even thinking to buy the 4S. I want the brand new iPhone 5 and I hope to be worth it.

7. Stayfly2407 unregistered

As much as I can't wait for the new phone to come out Ive got to let you know that there is some confusion with these cases. Those spec cases are NOT iphone 4s or 5 cases. I work at a att corporate store and we've had both spec cases since the white ip4 came out which was back in April of this year. The hole is bigger because on some of them because of the cam sensor was different for the white ip4.

8. areUf*ckin'bLind? unregistered

You idiot can't you see that the other case is taller and wider ? Are you effin' blind?

38. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Not to mention the "iPhone 4S" Highlighted on the Otterbox Packaging... did I miss something?

9. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

as a graphic designer the 'S' on the case looks like it is not printed on but, put on after the fact. I seen these same pics on other sites yesterday (phone arena late again) and they did not have the S so someone is tampering with evidence. www.trustmythoughts.com

10. AndroidLife

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

To be honest this phone is turning into the Xperia X10. Not exactily because the X10 was announced before it came out but in the sense that it took a hell of a long time for it to finnaly come out. Which is why the phone didnt do so good. though i know there will be a ton of programed apple consumers that seem to buy the phone just becuase it's an Iphone. kinda reminds me of this.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL7yD-0pqZg

12. Phullofphil

Posts: 1829; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

i think people flock to the iphone because it is the easiest operating system to use. and there is so many gadgets and support for the iphone. Like radios being iphone ready. And so on.But it also seems that way also cause there is so many kinds of android phones that people dont realize that if all android users had one phone to choose from there would be i believe way more Aphones (my new nick name for android phones} sold. If that makes sence I am too tired to redo this comment and make it sound clearer of what i am saying

17. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

This is true, and was a factor in my fiancee buying the iPhone. People already have iPods and radios with iPod docks and their whole CD collection in iTunes, so why not get a phone that uses those, eh? It's holding back the iPhone though. They can't make an EVO-sized phone because all those docks are designed for a device no wider than an iPod Classic. I'd be surprised if they can even fit a 4" screen on the iP5.

11. Phullofphil

Posts: 1829; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

All i know is if the iphone five does not have LTE for verizon i am gonna pass on it.. I would not be surprised if the Iphone 5 comes with LTE cause they do surprise on introductions and LTE is starting to become the standered for new verizon top tier smart phones. I wonder if thier gonna wait till the origonal iphone launch time next year so they can get everything just right. But the rumer that foxconn or trhe other manufacture is having trouble making the Iphone 5 line seems lagit and it kinda tells me its gonna be soon and its going to be a big change in design. I hope the problem is fitting the LTE enabled proccesser chip into the thinner body. Crossing my fingers

13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

if you look at the case, the 4s case is slightly bigger. so i guess that means if they really did stretch it the whoooooooooooooooooooooole way to 3.7 inches from 3.5, they kept the iphone's huge chins in tact. So apple wants to get closer to monster phone size without actually offering the bigger screen? lol

25. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

you can tell all this from looking at a case? stop cackling at speculation. you have absolutely no idea what screen size or bezel will look like. calm down, fandroid.

35. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

everything about the new iphone is rumours and speculation...if there was some hard facts then people would not have to speculate...

40. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

ayephoner, get some eyeglasses. make the picture bigger if you need to. that iphone 4s case is ever so slightly larger than the iphone4 case.

43. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

and from that you can tell how much they increased the screen size? you can tell the "huge chins" are still intact? you can tell what motivated these things? all from that picture? calm down, fandroid.

46. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol.. what an idiot. lets see.. all the rumors say its a 3.7 inch screen. as much as you post on the rumor threads, you would think u know that.. or do you just purely troll just to be a dumbass? if the rumor is right, and its 3.7 inch on the screen, and the case is ever so slightly bigger, than means they are keeping the chins to make up for the bigger screen instead of keeping the same demensions and reducing chin size to compensate. Im sorry, does logic always escape you?

14. Ha unregistered

Iphone 4s was the Iphone 5 the switched at the last minute when the saw the competition they would face. Iphone 5 im guessing is a next year phone

19. rob5150 unregistered

named 4S ? Isn't that a bit confusing? Hmmmm Samsung uses an S in their brands ....... Lawsuit?

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