Apple Pushing iPhone 5 Launch Back to September - Latest Rmour
Published on: 11th Apr 2011
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The saga of not if Apple will release an iPhone 5 but when took another turn after an analyst note yet again pushed the release date back to September.
Rumours vary on whether the phone would be released in July as seems usual for Apple, of if rumours coming out of Taiwanese manufacturers are correct and the release date could be delayed by a few months.
In an analysts note, Avian Securities wrote that production will commence in mid-September, and that the company could be developing a lower-cost model, which has been rumoured in the past. For Apple to compete with ever cheaper Android smartphones and the looming Nokia/Microsoft alliance, it will have to develop something for the mass-market.
The note reads:
"Supporting out comments over the last month, conversations with 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. In addition, 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. This leads us to believe that any launch is likely a very late 2011 or more likely a 2012 event. As a reminder, Avian has uncovered several data-points in recent months pointing to the existence of a lower-spec/lower-price iPhone. A lower-spec/lower-price iPhone has also been speculated in the press and gadget blogs, though we do not believe consensus currently discounts the existence of such a model."