iPhone to launch in September despite manufacturer shortage

Macworld Australia Staff
3 August, 2012
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Apple’s sixth-generation iPhone will arrive in September according to reports, despite fears of component suppliers shortages.

An AppleInsider source has informed the website “that they expect Apple to launch the sixth-generation iPhone in September, following a manufacturing ramp-up earlier in the month,” but “availability of select components, like in-cell touch-panels made by Sharp and LG, may be tight due to low yield rates.”

The source believes Japanese display manufacturer JDI, will stockpile “over 10 million units before the end of quarter three 2012″, a number that could mean a delay in the devices arrival.

Apple’s last iPhone, the iPhone 4S, sold more than a million units in its first day and with the growing attention the next generation smartphone is receiving, the component makers may cut the demand close.

The report also mentions the next iPhone will stick to the current colour model, with consumers choosing between a black or white device.

“The insider goes on to say the images of purportedly leaked assembled externals are ‘very likely authentic’ and notes the metal top and bottom of the uni-body casing may feature a Gorilla Glass inlay for heat dissipation and cellular reception,” AppleInsider said.

The iPhone is expected to be announced on September 12, along side iOS 6 and a rumoured 7.85in iPad.


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