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iPhone 5 Production Delays Could Result in Shortages at Launch

iPhone 5 Production Delays Could Result in Shortages at Launch

Posted September 16, 2011 at 7:21am by iClarified
Apple is reportedly producing a cheaper version of the iPhone 4 in big numbers but is experiencing productions delays with the iPhone 5 that could result in shortages at launch, according to a 9to5Mac report.

We've heard the low-end model, which is essentially an iPhone 4 look-alike (glass front and back), is rolling off the assembly line in big numbers right now. Apple expects to have 10+ million of these things on hand for launch and full ramped production into the holiday shopping season. These will be priced aggressively and be everywhere. They will also be offered in both prepaid and post paid plans (this is a big deal – more to come on that).

But there is some bad news… It appears that the tear-drop shaped iPhone 5 with larger screen and thinner, rounder body is seeing continued design and production delays, at least on one assembly line (Apple has multiple production sources – Pegatron, Foxconn, etc). We therefore think that iPhone 5 will be delayed slightly at the very least and may see shortages all the way into 2012.

The site has heard that the iPhone 5 is a "site to behold". It's apparently impossibly light yet sturdy and has a camera that will rival point and shoots.

Earlier today the New York Times confirmed that the new design will be similar to that leaked by CaseMate.

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iPhone 5 Production Delays Could Result in Shortages at Launch

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James - September 17, 2011 at 4:24pm
Don't get why everyone thinks there will be a cheaper version. Every year they think this. Guess what, the cheaper version is the current iPhone 4 or the previous 3GS. Not sure why they would fully produce a model lesser than previous model. Looking forward to seeing the new ip5 though
Jupit3r - September 16, 2011 at 2:08pm
I highly doubt this... There has been no confirmation about the iPhone 5 yet... I will laugh hilariously if the new iPhone isn't even 'teardrop' shaped
Nobo1 - September 16, 2011 at 8:25am
You think tim supply/demand master is going to allow on his new watch a supply shortage??
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