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04-08-2011, 10:58 AM #1
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
04-08-2011, 11:15 AM #2
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 !!
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04-08-2011, 11:18 AM #3
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.If I can't mod it...I don't want it.
04-08-2011, 11:18 AM #4
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
04-08-2011, 11:39 AM #5
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.,
04-08-2011, 11:42 AM #6
04-08-2011, 11:44 AM #7
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.
04-08-2011, 12:29 PM #8
04-08-2011, 12:43 PM #9
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?
04-08-2011, 12:46 PM #10
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?
One is supposed to mean want?
04-08-2011, 12:51 PM #11
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.
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04-08-2011, 12:54 PM #12
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.
04-08-2011, 01:40 PM #13
What a completely pointless story. Total nonsense.
04-08-2011, 01:42 PM #14
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04-08-2011, 01:53 PM #15
04-08-2011, 01:55 PM #16
I hope the new phone will be the "...oh, and one more thing."
04-08-2011, 02:00 PM #17
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04-08-2011, 02:12 PM #18
04-08-2011, 02:14 PM #19
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!my SPOON is too big
04-08-2011, 02:36 PM #20
Apple: DO NOT RELEASE the iPhone 5 until is has LTE!!!!!!!