Apple's iPhone 5 is encountering design and production issues, according to the blog 9to5Mac. Nonetheless, multiple publications suggest the unveiling is weeks away.
5 will almost certainly make its debut within the next few weeks, if you take
heed in the reports drifting around online. However, another source suggests
the next-generation device could run into delays and shortages.
Much of the
chatter erupted after Case-Mate, which manufactures cases and holsters for
smartphones and tablets, posted-and then just as promptly yanked down-a Web
page with cases for the iPhone 5. The images themselves
revealed precious little about
the smartphone's possible design, but that didn't stop them from multiplying
around news Websites at a rapid clip.
The New York Times,
based on information from an anonymous Apple employee, then offered that the
iPhone 5's unveiling is "just weeks away." That Sept. 15 article
also mentioned that the
iPhone 5 would offer an 8-megapixel camera and A5 dual-core processor, along
with some deviation from the design template established by the iPhone 4.
piped up at that point with a more specific unveiling date for the device.
real info: We've heard that there are indeed two different models of iPhone
coming out next month (announced this month?)," read a Sept. 15 posting
on the blog. "We still think
Oct. 7 is the scheduled release date, give or take any delays."
added that the "tear-drop-shaped iPhone 5" is experiencing "design and
production delays," and could be "delayed slightly at the very least and may
see shortages all the way into 2012."
Apple will reportedly send the "golden master" of its upcoming iOS mobile
operating system to its iPhone and iPod Touch manufacturing partners sometime
in late September, according to the Apple-centric blog MacRumors.
That blog drew
its information from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who apparently threw some cold water
on reports of an overhauled iPhone in the works. "His sources point to the
-N94' iPhone that has been popularly referred to as the -iPhone 4S' as the sole
new iPhone model set to ship," read the Sept. 12 posting
, "with Apple planning for 30
million units through the end of the year."
other reports of Apple planning a revamped iPhone 5.
is undergoing a seismic transition with the resignation of longtime CEO Steve
Jobs, who handed the reins to former COO Tim Cook. At this point, analysts
generally view the disruption from the transition as minimal, at least when it
comes to the product pipeline. Rumors also suggest Apple will release the next
iPad sometime early next year.
Follow Nicholas Kolakowski on Twitter