April 20, 2011

Apple iPhone 5 to Hit Production in September

Last month, we reported that the Apple is considering an Aluminum back panel for the iPhone 5 and it will have the new A5 SoC processor. AppleInsider reported that the Apple iPhone 5 will head for mass production in September and will bit slightly different from its predecessors. The iPhone 5 will have an 8-megapixel camera and dual-mode Qualcomm chip that will be compatible with GSM and CDMA networks.

Ming-Chi Kuo of Concord Securities issued a note based on his talks with sources in Apply Supply Chain. In the note, Kuo mentioned that according to those sources, iPhone 5 will have same dual-core A5 SoC chip found in iPad 2. With improved antenna design which might place the antenna behind the logo, the iPhone 5 will have 8-megapixel camera sensors. For networks, the iPhone 5 will have a dual-mode Qualcomm baseband radio chip that will make the same hardware compatible with both GSM and CDMA networks.

Considering iPhone 5's production in late in September (due to natural calamity in Japan) means that the company might skip launching the new iPod touch devices this year. All this is just a part of the speculation that's floating around and not a confirmed detail. The iPhone 5 is expected to be shown at the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 6 in San Francisco, California. 

However, the iPhone madness doesn't end here. According to Kuo, Apple is planning to show iPhone 6 in the first half of 2012. Yes, it does sound early but Apple is said to be experiencing fierce competition from the Android based smartphones. Kuo's foresight has turned out to be true in the past.

One thing is for sure that consumers will get to see a new iPhone every year but not globally at the same time. Either they can wait for the device to arrive officially in their respective countries or buy an unlocked handset from select regions. Apple should consider adding more countries at the launch time and that would require ramping up production at heavy pace. Else the entire grey market and jailbreak activities will continue growing. 

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