It’s tradition for the latest iDevice to be tipped for supply shortages in the run up to launch. Back in March, we were told that the iPad 3 would be in short supply till Q2 2012. Nonsense? Pretty much.
It'll come as no surprise, then, that the imminent iPhone 5 is being tipped for short supply action. Pass the salt.
The news comes via – who else? – DigiTimes, with credit going to – you guessed it – anonymous “sources in the supply chain.” Great stuff.
Story goes that third quarter shipments of the iPhone 5 are expected to fall below 15 million, significantly lower than the 20 million previously forecast. Oh, the humanity!
Why? WHY? Well, supposedly there are problems with “low yield rates in the production of in-cell touch panels,” and issues with the “connector at the bottom of the phone”.
A reduction in shipments could lead to short supply could lead to mass panic could lead to The End of The World. I’m scared.
The latest iPhone 5 rumours suggest a 4in display, NFC (Near Field Communication), and 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) in compatible markets.
Other iPhone 5 specs are said to include a redesigned connector thingy (hence the problems above), and 7.6mm body.
Consensus is that the iPhone 5 launch date will be September 12, with the iPhone 5 release date following around a week later.