According to a note from Avian Securities, production of Apple’s iPhone 5 might not begin until September which means the device should hit shelves around the end of this year with a release date that could possibly fall into 2012.
There has been much speculation about whether or not the next iPhone would be out in June with the most concrete sources stating that there will be no iPhone 5 at the WWDC in a move that would go against tradition. Instead, Apple is expected to make iOS and Mac OS X the main focus of the event.
If Avian’s conversation with a ‘key component supplier’ is fruitful, then we might not see an iPhone 5 until next year. Here is the full note from Avian Securities:
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.
It’s looking more and more like June is out the window so a release at some point in Q4, right before the holiday season, would definitely be a pretty attractive option for Apple.
The iPhone 5 has been rumored to be a lot of things but if you want a full rundown of the possible specifications, than look no further then this infographic.
(Via Business Insider)