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  • Report: Apple Cracking Down on iPhone 5 Supply Chain Leaks


    Apple is playing the role of plumber in the overseas supply chain, eager to patch up any leaks to an entirely new extent. That's according to a new report that says Apple is displeased with the flurry of iPhone 5 rumors that have surfaced in recent weeks, not the least of which is speculation that the iPhone 5 may not be released until fall of 2011.

    As we all know, Apple is certainly no stranger to embracing secrecy. But if analyst Brian White with Ticonderoga Securities is accurate in his claims released to investors Friday, Apple is putting a higher premium than ever on secrecy in the overseas supply chain.

    "Apple is keeping its iPhone 5 cards extra close to the vest on this launch to avoid a falloff in iPhone 4 demand ahead of a refresh, especially given the February launch of the CDMA iPhone 4 with Verizon," writes White, who still believes that it's in the realm of possibility that the iPhone 5 will still launch this summer - most likely late June or early July.

    "Although we do not have a smoking gun that definitively rules out a delayed autumn unveiling or one that supports a launch this summer, there is a pattern of activity in motion with the supply chain that makes us question a delayed launch," White revealed, suggesting that the anticipated production slowdown related to the Japanese earthquake may ultimately help Apple. Specifically, White suggests, overseas suppliers will "rush to support Apple at the expense of competitors," a likely outcome, particularly in the wake of Apple's ramped up spending with major overseas component suppliers.

    For now, Apple has given no clues whatsoever indicating the company's plans for the iPhone 5. Apple's recent press release formally announcing June's Worldwide Developers' Conference (WWDC), a place known for past iPhone model introductions, makes no mention of anything but software and operating systems. "At this year's conference we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS," the release stated.

    Source: The Street
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Report: Apple Cracking Down on iPhone 5 Supply Chain Leaks started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 38 Comments
    1. djarkiz's Avatar
      djarkiz -
      I really hope it doesn't come out for awhile, just got my iPhone 4 about 3 months ago, wanna put it to some good use before I upgrade again, so I'm hoping they delay even more !!
    1. Cokeman's Avatar
      Cokeman -
      I think the iPhone will be released as usual in June/July. Apple can't have both the iPhone & iPod being launched that close together.
    1. RPL88's Avatar
      RPL88 -
      Apple always with there secrecy ..... maybe there mad because people saying iphone 5 when apple planed to maybe release iphone 4g or 4gs .... dont know but dont care anymore ..... i just one the new iphone to come out
    1. jmaderosk8r's Avatar
      jmaderosk8r -
      I too believe that the phone will be released in June, either way i will get the new iphone. I am tired of ppl just speculating on a release date, just wait until the first week of june that isnt that far away, MMI should have a countdown on top of their page, anybody know the odds that Vegas has on a release?? haha

      Just because you just got your iphone 4 3 months ago its not going to make a difference if its delayed 2 or 3 months, youre still gonna have to pay in order to upgrad.,
    1. ToddD81's Avatar
      ToddD81 -
      Quote Originally Posted by djarkiz View Post
      I really hope it doesn't come out for awhile, just got my iPhone 4 about 3 months ago, wanna put it to some good use before I upgrade again, so I'm hoping they delay even more !!
      Selfish much??
      It isn't our fault you were late to the party.
    1. shadow-evillink's Avatar
      shadow-evillink -
      I agree it will come out this summer. The iPhone 4 would be over do for an upgrade. Apple will stay on top when it comes to upgrading.
    1. ash3s2012's Avatar
      ash3s2012 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ToddD81 View Post
      Selfish much??
      It isn't our fault you were late to the party.
      Lol so true
    1. Bluedevilz's Avatar
      Bluedevilz -
      How does an upgrade work in terms of pricing? I've had the iPhone 4 since June so does that mean I have to pay $200? For my next upgrade?
    1. gr8scott72's Avatar
      gr8scott72 -
      RPL88 "Apple always with there secrecy ..... maybe there mad because people saying iphone 5 when apple planed to maybe release iphone 4g or 4gs .... dont know but dont care anymore ..... i just one the new iphone to come out"

      Wow. English really isn't your strong point is it?

      There/their/they're

      One is supposed to mean want?
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      I'm guessing the iPhone 5 will be launched in July, but it will launch with iOS 4.x instead of 5.x. An iOS 5.x release is much more likely in the 3rd quarter since in previous years iOS was previewed during March/April and released roughly three months later.

      Quote Originally Posted by Bluedevilz View Post
      How does an upgrade work in terms of pricing? I've had the iPhone 4 since June so does that mean I have to pay $200? For my next upgrade?
      You don't have to do anything, but if you decide you must have the latest and greatest iPhone then you can expect to pay $449/$549 (they upped the early upgrade cost by $50 this year), not $199/$299.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      They can try but there is absolutely no way for Apple to stop the leaks, too many companies and people involved in production and distribution.
    1. spamsalad's Avatar
      spamsalad -
      What a completely pointless story. Total nonsense.
    1. mmurphmsu's Avatar
      mmurphmsu -
      I hope they do release the new iPhone this summer. My wifes contract will be up and I want to get her a new phone so that she can sell her 3Gs.

      Quote Originally Posted by spamsalad View Post
      What a completely pointless story. Total nonsense.
      No one forced you to read it.
    1. EddieLeonard's Avatar
      EddieLeonard -
      cokeman is right... its like computers are end of year, beginning of next year.
      iphone are mid year and ipod touch are end of year...
    1. crankz1's Avatar
      crankz1 -
      I hope the new phone will be the "...oh, and one more thing."
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by gr8scott72 View Post
      RPL88 "Apple always with there secrecy ..... maybe there mad because people saying iphone 5 when apple planed to maybe release iphone 4g or 4gs .... dont know but dont care anymore ..... i just one the new iphone to come out"

      Wow. English really isn't your strong point is it?

      There/their/they're

      One is supposed to mean want?
      Thanks for the english lesson. Don't be rude, i think we all that have a brainstem could figure out what he meant.
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      Quote Originally Posted by djarkiz View Post
      I really hope it doesn't come out for awhile, just got my iPhone 4 about 3 months ago, wanna put it to some good use before I upgrade again, so I'm hoping they delay even more !!
      Just keep your iphone 4 even if the 5 comes out. I always stay one generation behind until they fix all the bugs out of their newest device and also until it is jailbroken and functioning well with many cydia tweaks. Once all this is done then i get it. Hopefully there wont be anything as big as the iphone 4 antenna problem.
    1. johnr9412's Avatar
      johnr9412 -
      I love that this is about rumor mill stoppage, but almost all comments are about "no delayed iPhone!"
      I can't help but agree though!
    1. jaminmc's Avatar
      jaminmc -
      Apple: DO NOT RELEASE the iPhone 5 until is has LTE!!!!!!!
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      ^^^ yes, i hope it is delayed until they add LTE.