Component shortages have been said to delay launch of the much awaited iPhone 5. However, trusted sources have told Apple Insider that the device will be launched in September regardless. A manufacturing ramp-up will allow this to happen.Some components, such as Sharp and LG manufactured in-cell touch panels may be low on availability. However, they will still be able to produce a small number which will add to those manufactured by the Japanese maker JDI. In all, an expected 14 to 18 million units will be made in the third quarter and this number will be sufficient to ensure the launch goes as planned.
The iPhone’s metal and glass case is likely to be available in only black and white colors. The source has also added some reliability to leaked photos of externals and internals of the iPhone 5 as well by claiming that these could be “very likely authentic”.
To prevent wireless connectivity issues that were prevalent with the iPhone 4, the iPhone 5’s metal top and bottom may have Gorilla Glass inlays. These are thought to not only negate issues but are also for heat dissipation.
There is probably going to be no issue at all as far as the supply of baseband chips is concerned. Apple is probably going to use an improved version of the chip that was used in the iPad 3. Being even smaller in size, the chip (thought to be the MDM9615M silicon) will have high yield.
Apart from all this, we finally know for sure the manufacturer that is going to supply display’s for the next generation iPhone. Sharp’s new president announced yesterday that the company will begin shipping displays for the phone this month.
The timing and the fact that Apple is not actually facing shortage of component supplies goes nicely with the fact that many sources have claimed a September release. Apple is expected to announce the device on 12th September and if the Cupertino company does things like it always does, expect the device to be released two weeks later, perhaps with a 4-inch display and NFC and 4G LTE with 1 GB RAM packed into it too.