With production and supply issues having undoubtedly affected the early weeks of the iPad 2's life, many pundits are already predicting the strong likelihood that the iPhone 5 won't launch over the summer like most of us are hoping.
One analyst firm says production of the next-gen Apple phone will only start in September, meaning it's highly unlikely that the iPhone 5 will debut ahead of the holiday season – in fact, it might struggle to meet a 2011 release date altogether.
According to Business Insider, analyst firm Avian Securities says the picture it's getting from key component suppliers suggests a late 2011 or early 2012 launch for the iPhone 5.
There's no doubt that Apple struggled to meet its original targets for the iPad 2's release – a challenge surely not made any easier by the knock-on effect of the Japanese earthquake and resultant tsunami on electronics firms.
Still, with Apple's component suppliers reportedly already locking into place, any delay to the iPhone 5's arrival would surely be just as likely to hit any of its rivals pencilled in for later this year too.
Interestingly, the Avian Securities note also mentions that the more affordable iPhone we've been hearing about boasting a stripped down spec is very much on the cards, though it makes no mention of just where it fits into Apple's product roadmap.