Two New iPhone Models, iPhone 5 Design Seeing Production Delays?

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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:
    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.

    Article Link: Two New iPhone Models, iPhone 5 Design Seeing Production Delays?
  2. orange42 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2009
  3. Beatbeckham macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2011
    Ok, I'm sick of this. I'm buying Samsung Galaxy SII. Bye
  4. Pink∆Floyd macrumors 68020


    Nov 21, 2009
    Up There
    This is typical, it'll be ready when it's ready :)
  5. Yumunum macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2011
    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!
  6. Northgrove macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2010
    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. :p

    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*
  7. kiwiboi87 macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2011
    New Zealand
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    I would wait for the teardrop
  8. OTACORB macrumors 6502a


    Jun 21, 2009
    Central, Louisiana
    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.
  9. MetalMoon macrumors member

    Dec 11, 2010
    San Jose
    Good things come to those who wait. If your that impatient, go buy that droid bonic thingy.
  10. YeahBuddy macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2011
    Boston, MA
    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. ;)
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2006
    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.
  12. bpeeps macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2011
    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.
  13. kappaknight macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2009
    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.
  14. Mattsasa macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2010
    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!
  15. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    I don't care if I have to wait longer to get it, but at least tell us what it is now.
  16. Peace macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    Apple isn't doing this to you. Rumor sites are.
  17. AppleScruff1 macrumors G3


    Feb 10, 2011
    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.
  18. Bartboy919 macrumors member


    Jun 25, 2005
    I did read any rumors until there was no announcement at WWDC. This is taking forever.
  19. al256 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2001
    MacRumors didn't make me an Apple zealot.

    Apple and Steve Jobs made me an Apple zealot. :D
  20. Peace macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    Look at it this way. When it finally comes the software will be more refined than normal making for less complaining.
  21. maerz001 macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2010

    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...
  22. YeahBuddy, Sep 15, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2011

    YeahBuddy macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2011
    Boston, MA
    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
  23. Peace macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    Just to be clear I wasn't talking about MR specifically.
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2006
    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.

    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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