Rumor: iPhone 5 production starting in September, cheaper iPhone model coming

By on April 12, 2011, 7:00 AM
A new rumor claims that the Apple iPhone 5 will go into production in September 2011. Furthermore, Apple may be developing a cheaper iPhone model with lower specifications. That's according to Avian Securities, which makes its claims based on conversations with a "key component supplier" to Apple.

This rumor is interesting because it lines up with a few other ones. In respect to the lower-spec/lower-price iPhone, we're still skeptical about this one, which has been rumored since February, but we do believe Apple could pull it off. It would be difficult for Cupertino to differentiate multiple devices while still touting the iPhone as a premium smartphone, but it's definitely possible. Business Insider has the full note:

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.

In regards to the iPhone 5, we think that it will indeed be delayed. This is the third time we're hearing that it won't arrive in June.

Apple may not have announced a release date for the iPhone 5, but it was largely expected to arrive two months from now, given the iPhone's history. The first iPhone was released on June 29, 2007. The iPhone 3G was introduced on June 9, 2008. The iPhone 3GS was announced on June 8, 2009 and arrived on June 19, 2009 in the first countries. The iPhone 4 was announced on June 7, 2010 and released on June 24, 2010.

As such, we think Apple will either have the iPhone 5 ready for this holiday season, or will push it back till 2012. Either way, it will likely ship with a larger screen, thinner bezel and possibly an 8MP camera from Sony.

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Steve Steve said:

Fan boys are already lining up for the iPhone 5? they don?t care that it might not work

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I can't wait my contract runs out march next year, I'll stick with the 3GS until Next year June (I reckon it'll come out anyway) so perfect timing for this to come out hopefully its been delayed for a good reason (such as to make it work as a phone) can't wait!

Guest said:

While the phone can be delayed, I seriously doubt that production could start in September 2011 - that's way to late (and the phone would be released after the holiday season), so it's far more likely that September is the release month, meaning production should start somewhere around June. That is, if there is going to be a delay at all.

Guest said:

Oooh I'm so excited !

But wait that block of lard is more functional (and it is cheaper).

One block of lard please !


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