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April 12, 2011

iPhone 5 not arriving until 2012?

by Darren Allan

As always, Apple‘s up and coming next iWonder is the subject of much debate.

And with the iPad 2 out on the market, and apparently selling better than the original did, all eyes have turned to the iPhone 5.

The next incarnation of the company’s smartphone is expected to be out early this summer – or it certainly was expected to be out early this summer. However, the most recent rumour indicates this isn’t the case.

Analyst firm Avian Securities has estimated that the iPhone 5 won’t even enter production until late summer, or perhaps early in the autumn, PC World reports.

In other words, the iPhone 5 might not be arriving until next year, and certainly not until the end of 2011, if Avian’s source – a key component supplier – is correct.

It isn’t just the one supplier, however, with Avian’s other feelers around the industry also coming back with a September start date for production, and a very late arrival for the iPhone 5.

The delay seems like a long and risky one from Apple’s point of view, leaving the iPhone 4 to stand and fight as best it can to sell for the rest of the year against an increasingly sophisticated bunch of Androids rolling off the production lines.

Others, however, don’t believe a word of it, and are still sticking firm to a June date for the next-gen iPhone, citing other reports from Asia which indicate that this schedule is still on target.

Of course, another potential spanner is the oft-talked about component shortages from the Japanese quake, which may also have an effect on iPhone production. Although it isn’t likely to be a big effect.

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