Insider Claims iPhone 5 on Schedule for September Release Despite Component Shortages
Apple’s next generation iPhone will arrive earlier than last year’s 4S with a release date slated for sometime in September according to a new report by AppleInsider.
Recently reports of Apple’s iPhone 5 release time frame have indicated component supply shortages would push back the newly rumored September back. AppleInsider’s “trusted industry insider” claims that these shortages will not affect Apple’s supply chain, and to expect the sixth-generation iPhone in September after a increase in manufacturing earlier in the month.
Numbers wise, the source claims in-cell touch-panels produced by Sharp and LG could be tight due to small yield rates, but in combination with display maker JDI’s current stockpile, the number of panels available through the third quarter of 2012 will be between 14 and 18 million units. In other words, plenty of supply for an iPhone launch.
AppleInsider’s source confirms Apple’s supply chain indicates only two color-ways will be available (big surprise), and the leaked photos and mockups floating around are “very likely authentic.”
What is interesting, and will likely eventually prove if AppleInsider’s source is in fact real, is the description of a new heat dissipation and signal reception solution. The source claims Apple might include a Gorilla Glass inlay within the metal top and bottom of the uni-body iPhone design, effectively eliminating reception and heat issues.
If the recent rumors are true, expect the next six weeks crawl along at a snail's pace as every “expert” lends their hand at predicting what Apple’s new device will entail.