Apple's iPhone 5 could start manufacturing in September 2011, according to an analyst report. That would be a serious change in Apple's usual iPhone production roadmap.
5 could begin production as late as September, according to a new analyst
That report by
Avian Securities, whose excerpts have circulated widely on Websites such as Apple
, also suggests a cheaper iPhone in the works.
accurate, that report would dovetail with earlier ones made by various blogs,
which suggested that Apple could delay both the next iPhone and iOS until later
in 2011. That would represent a break from Apple's usual pattern, which sees
each year's successive iPhone release take place in the summer timeframe.
According to a
March posting on Macotakra
a Japanese blog devoted to everything Mac, itself citing "sources in China,"
the iPhone 5 won't debut until the fourth quarter of 2011. Other Websites seemed
at the time that Apple hadn't yet geared up the necessary
parts-ordering to push out an iPhone within the usual timeframe.
It is widely
expected that developers and media will have their first glimpse of the next
iOS at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), set for June 6-10 in San
year's conference, we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS," Philip
Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, wrote
in a March 28 statement posted on Apple's corporate Website. "If you are an iOS
or Mac OS X software developer, this is an event you do not want to miss."
the lines of Schiller's statement, purportedly supported by sources within
Apple, some bloggers have come to the conclusion that Apple will hold back on
announcing a new iPhone or any new hardware at the WWDC. The Loop's Jim
Dalrymple wrote in a March
: "Apple's apparent focus on software in its WWDC announcement
backs up what my own sources are saying about the annual conference... That is,
expect a software show in 2011, not a hardware event."
speculation runs rampant over possible features in the iPhone 5. While Sony has
never been acknowledged as an Apple component maker, for example, April 1
comments by Sony CEO Howard Stringer have led some to believe the manufacturer
will provide the 8-megapixel cameras for the next iPhone.
"Why should I
make Apple the best camera?" Stringer asked the Wall
Street Journal's Walt Mossberg during that talk at Carnegie Hall
apparently suggesting that one of Sony's factories built sensors for Apple's
iPhone and iPad
In addition to
higher-resolution cameras, current rumors suggest that the iPhone 5 could
include Apple's A5 proprietary processor, hardware upgraded to enable 3G
FaceTime video conferencing, and NFC (near-field communication) technology,
which would enable the smartphone to act as an electronic wallet. Over the
summer, Apple hired an NFC expert as the new product manager for mobile
commerce, in addition to publishing a number of NFC-related patents.