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Old Sep 16, 2011, 12:56 AM   #1
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Two New iPhone Models, iPhone 5 Design Seeing Production Delays?




9to5Mac claims that there are indeed two new iPhone models: the "low-end" iPhone 4-look alike that we've seen parts for already, and the teardrop shaped iPhone 5 (artist rendition below).




N94 (left), and iPhone 5 artist rendition (right)
But they also claim that this new iPhone 5 design is seeing design and production delays and there may be shortages into 2012:
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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.
Apple has been known to pre-announce products that won't be available for some period of time. Most recently, Apple's Thunderbolt Display was announced to be delivered "within 60 days". With the iPhone, Apple will certainly try to minimize that delay in order to avoid suppressing sales during the holiday quarter.

Apple's annual iPhone announcement is already much later in the year than usual. In the past 4 years, Apple has launched a new iPhone in the summer, while this year's launch has still not been officially confirmed.

Meanwhile, MacRumors has also heard through a supplier that the case manufacturers are very confident that the leaked case designs are representative of the iPhone 5. There's been some speculation about how certain the case manufacturers need to be to start mass producing these early case designs. At least according to one of our contacts, they seem very certain.

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Old Sep 16, 2011, 12:59 AM   #2
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So we have to wait even longer...?
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Old Sep 16, 2011, 01:00 AM   #3
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http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1229655
its been posted.
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Old Sep 16, 2011, 01:01 AM   #4
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Ok, I'm sick of this. I'm buying Samsung Galaxy SII. Bye
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Old Sep 16, 2011, 01:06 AM   #5
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This is typical, it'll be ready when it's ready
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Old Sep 16, 2011, 01:07 AM   #6
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How much waiting are we supposed to endure? :P I may not even buy the freakin' thing. But I won't know until it's features are announced!
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Old Sep 16, 2011, 01:07 AM   #7
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It doesn't say anywhere we'll have to wait longer for the release, but only that there may be shortages. Which I think would be likely for the rest of 2011 anyway.

Also, nothing is being postponed as far as I can tell. No unexpected waits. The rumor about October still seems to hold true. It's not October yet, despite the many news posts on this topic. *shrug*
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Old Sep 16, 2011, 01:08 AM   #8
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I would wait for the teardrop
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Old Sep 16, 2011, 01:09 AM   #9
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This always happens and honestly I think sometimes this stuff is Apple driven. They want everyone to be in a frenzy to try to get one, so they must have everyone think they will be in such short supply that folks will start camping out a week ahead.
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Old Sep 16, 2011, 01:09 AM   #10
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Good things come to those who wait. If your that impatient, go buy that droid bonic thingy.
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Old Sep 16, 2011, 01:11 AM   #11
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I refuse to buy another phone from the company who created my Omnia II. What a piece of crap, haha. I'm going to be very patient and very happy when I finally buy myself either of the upcoming models.
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Old Sep 16, 2011, 01:13 AM   #12
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It seems rumours of the iPhone 5 are in a perpetual on again off again loop.

In any case, with continued delays and supply constraints into 2012, Apple should have just went ahead with an incremental iPhone 4GS refresh in at the regular June launch cycle earlier this year and just have saved the redesigned iPhone 5 until next year and launch in volume a little early, say in April or May. The effective result in terms of availability looks to be pretty similar only there would be less confusion for customers and less stress for Apple engineers.
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Old Sep 16, 2011, 01:14 AM   #13
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If people stopped reading rumor stories, the time would past like that. But hey let's face it, who can do that?

I don't know about you, but we've waited this long, another month won't kill me.
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Old Sep 16, 2011, 01:18 AM   #14
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It seems rumours of the iPhone 5 are in a perpetual on again off again loop.

In any case, with continued delays and supply constraints into 2012, Apple should have just went ahead with an incremental iPhone 4GS refresh in at the regular June launch cycle earlier this year and just have saved the redesigned iPhone 5 until next year and launch in volume a little early, say in April or May. The effective result in terms of availability looks to be pretty similar only there would be less confusion for customers and less stress for Apple engineers.
There is no on-again, off-again here. It's definitely on. Besides, you're forgetting the reason why there's even a delay to begin with in 2011. The Verizon iPhone was just launched a couple of months before the annual refresh, then the white iPhone 4.

Also, sales are guaranteed to double since we are near the holiday shopping season. I'm pretty sure it's Apple desire to refresh around this period whether they are replacing the iPod with iPhones or not.
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No! No! No! No! This cannot be happening!!!!!! My obsession over this phone is not healthy! Apple for the sake of my sanity and many others, announce it please!!! I beg of you!!! Stop doing this to us!
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I don't care if I have to wait longer to get it, but at least tell us what it is now.
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Old Sep 16, 2011, 01:22 AM   #17
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No! No! No! No! This cannot be happening!!!!!! My obsession over this phone is not healthy! Apple for the sake of my sanity and many others, announce it please!!! I beg of you!!! Stop doing this to us!
Apple isn't doing this to you. Rumor sites are.
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This always happens and honestly I think sometimes this stuff is Apple driven. They want everyone to be in a frenzy to try to get one, so they must have everyone think they will be in such short supply that folks will start camping out a week ahead.
Of course it's Apple driven. They want to create the feeding frenzy so the media will pick up on it. They get a load of free advertising and create desire for the product by keeping it in short supply. All planned, they do it every time and the public buys it hook, line and sinker. Marketing at it's finest. And I have no doubt the iPhone 5 will be a great product.
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Old Sep 16, 2011, 01:24 AM   #19
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If people stopped reading rumor stories, the time would past like that. But hey let's face it, who can do that?

I don't know about you, but we've waited this long, another month won't kill me.
I did read any rumors until there was no announcement at WWDC. This is taking forever.
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Old Sep 16, 2011, 01:25 AM   #20
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Apple isn't doing this to you. Rumor sites are.
MacRumors didn't make me an Apple zealot.

Apple and Steve Jobs made me an Apple zealot.
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I did read any rumors until there was no announcement at WWDC. This is taking forever.
Look at it this way. When it finally comes the software will be more refined than normal making for less complaining.
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Old Sep 16, 2011, 01:26 AM   #22
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so...

sounds to me iPhone 4S =5 in 2011 and the rumored thinner with bigger screen = 6 in 2012. and than we have the usual 1 year product cycle as before...
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Apple isn't doing this to you. Rumor sites are.
Very true. I didn't start using this site until early this year with the iPad 2 launch.

I remember last June I went onto my computer and bam there was a new iPhone 4 on the homepage. I knew nothing about it and enjoyed checking all the new stuff out. I was stupid to start following iPhone 5 rumors back in January lol
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Very true. I didn't start using this site until early this year with the iPad 2 launch.

I remember last June I went onto my computer and bam there was a new iPhone 4 on the homepage. I knew nothing about it and enjoyed checking all the new stuff out. I was stupid to start following iPhone 5 rumors back in January lol
Just to be clear I wasn't talking about MR specifically.
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There is no on-again, off-again here. It's definitely on.
It wasn't as much on again off again as a constant maybe. It seemed like every iPhone 4GS article mentioned the possibility of a redesigned iPhone 5 but noted no further evidence has been seen. iPhone 5 posts mention the latest rumour, but then link things back to the lack of more substantive evidence compared to the constant stream of iPhone 4GS parts.

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Besides, you're forgetting the reason why there's even a delay to begin with in 2011. The Verizon iPhone was just launched a couple of months before the annual refresh, then the white iPhone 4.
It's unclear what was the chicken and what was the egg. This years launches are no doubt planned a year before. If they decided last year that this year's iPhone refresh would be pushed back in the fall, then they would decide to go ahead with the Verizon iPhone 4 and white iPhone launches in the spring. On the other hand, if they had already decided late last year and were lining up suppliers for an iPhone 4GS launch in June, they may have decided not to launch the Verizon iPhone 4 and white iPhone. Or even with a June iPhone 4GS, they could have still launched the Verizon iPhone 4 and white iPhone 4 when they did, because they would still be needed as the low-end model for another year.
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