iPhone 5 reported to have production issues; apparent October 7 release

Yesterday, Neowin reported that due to a Case-Mate leak, there was a lot of evidence to suggest that Apple would indeed be bringing an iPhone 5 alongside an iPhone 4S.

Today a report by 9to5Mac has shown that once again, the iPhone 5 may be delayed. This time the delay has been said to have been caused by a production issue on one of the lines. What sounds like a small issue could result in shortages in the product and such shortages could last into 2012. With more people anticipating the iPhone 5 than they did the 4, it’s likely going to be an immediate problem upon release.

In better news, the revamped iPhone 4S and the new generation iPhone 5 have been reported to have over 10 million units sitting ready for distribution which may be good news for Apple fans as the rumoured release, October 7, approaches.

The early leaks that the iPhone 5 will come with a teardrop-style design may have been confirmed yesterday as Case-Mate revealed a new case that displayed a teardrop like styling. It’s rumoured that the iPhone 5 will share a similar design to that of the iPad 2 in terms of the aluminum cased back and is said to come loaded with the same A5 dual core processor many have been hoping for. In addition to the design and processor changes, it will apparently come with a larger display and of course, the newest version of the operating system, iOS 5.

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Avee said,
So we're basically expecting 2 new iPhones to get released!? Wow

I'm pretty sure only 1 will be released. They just don't know what it will be called..

As always, loads of speculation and no facts. They have no reason to release a 5 and a 4S, the iPhone 4 is still competitive in the market so making that cheaper would be enough for the low end market, which is what they've done with every single iPhone release anyway...

DomZ said,

I'm pretty sure only 1 will be released. They just don't know what it will be called..

As always, loads of speculation and no facts. They have no reason to release a 5 and a 4S, the iPhone 4 is still competitive in the market so making that cheaper would be enough for the low end market, which is what they've done with every single iPhone release anyway...

Do you not understand manufacturing processes? Here is the logic:

If you actively produce an iPhone 4 and an iPhone 5 you have two, possibly completely separate with no similarities, manufacturing processes. This is two times the overhead which actually, in turn, makes the iPhone 4 more expensive to manufacture and as a result will make it difficult for them to just 'lower the price'.

I don't know why some people think manufacturing companies can just 'lower the price' of products and instantly have them produce more money, or any money at all. Sometimes it works like that and sometimes it doesn't.

It would make more sense to produce an iPhone 5, can the iPhone 4, and produce a '4S' that uses the same manufacturing process as the 5 with some hardware removed that makes it cheaper.

I'm not speculating one way or the other but from a business and manufacturing standpoint, a 4S and 5 makes more sense than a 5 and continued production of the 4.

ascendant123 said,

Do you not understand manufacturing processes? Here is the logic:

If you actively produce an iPhone 4 and an iPhone 5 you have two, possibly completely separate with no similarities, manufacturing processes. This is two times the overhead which actually, in turn, makes the iPhone 4 more expensive to manufacture and as a result will make it difficult for them to just 'lower the price'.

I don't know why some people think manufacturing companies can just 'lower the price' of products and instantly have them produce more money, or any money at all. Sometimes it works like that and sometimes it doesn
It would make more sense to produce an iPhone 5, can the iPhone 4, and produce a '4S' that uses the same manufacturing process as the 5 with some hardware removed that makes it cheaper.

I'm not speculating one way or the other but from a business and manufacturing standpoint, a 4S and 5 makes more sense than a 5 and continued production of the 4.

Apple have sold their older model cheaper EVERY year. Do you not understand the phone is well over a year old and the components that went into it are now cheaper? If the components weren't getting cheaper how would they be able to keep putting better cameras, faster processes, better screens etc while keeping the latest model of the iPhone the same price every year? Your actually suggesting it will be more expensive for them to manufacture the 4! Which is ludicrous - they'd be paying the same for Foxconn to manufactur it, cheaper for the components = a cheaper a phone. The other thing you haven't me toned is apple have bigger margins than most companies in the sector so they can reduce their price and still make profit...

DomZ said,

They have no reason to release a 5 and a 4S, the iPhone 4 is still competitive in the market so making that cheaper would be enough for the low end market, which is what they've done with every single iPhone release anyway...

At the moment, the iPhone 3GS sells for £428 on Apple's site. That's about £300 above the low-end market. The majority of consumers would consider low-end phones to be sub-£100, maybe sub-£200.

Regardless, the older iPhones are still priced way out of that market.

MightyJordan said,

At the moment, the iPhone 3GS sells for £428 on Apple's site. That's about £300 above the low-end market. The majority of consumers would consider low-end phones to be sub-£100, maybe sub-£200.

Regardless, the older iPhones are still priced way out of that market.

I didn't mean that low. I just meant lower than the top end of smartphones. I don't see apple releasing a budget iPhone. The cheapest (8gb) iPod touch sells for £195 so if they were to undercut that it would render the iPod lines obsolete, which despite declining sales I don't think they're ready to do. You don't need a sub £100 phone because pretty much all smartphones are sold subsidised with a contract anyway.

Wow. Apple's been having a lot of problems as of late. After the iPhone 4's problems, I didn't think the iPhone 5 was going to be a repeat...

M_Lyons10 said,
Wow. Apple's been having a lot of problems as of late. After the iPhone 4's problems, I didn't think the iPhone 5 was going to be a repeat...

Steve Job's resignation may have something to do with that. There is no motivation now, for the 1 million Foxconn workers.

Well done for finally finding 9to5Mac... lol

No, I kid, obviously I've been following this story with interest for some time! Yes, the plan is from what we hear to get a iPhone4S which will be the same or a similar design to the current iPhone4, with the iphone5 being a completely new design. 9to5Mac have lots of articles discussing cases and screen protectors that have been seen and appear to be for the new model.

Whatever happens, this has got to be the most eagerly awaited product launch since... well, the iPhone4 - and then some!! I can't wait to see what we get... I know I'll be getting one

I keep hearing so much about iphone and like, couldn`t care less, will an ipod touch 5th generation be getting released or what? WHY IS THERE NO NEWS ON IT!?

n_K said,
I keep hearing so much about iphone and like, couldn`t care less, will an ipod touch 5th generation be getting released or what? WHY IS THERE NO NEWS ON IT!?

There is a rumor of iPod Touch with 3G

ccoltmanm said,
I do not understand why there is more interest in the iPhone 5. Does the iPhone take a big leap every 2 years, not 1?
The bulk of the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS contracts are up, those who want a new phone at new subscriber prices will be in line next to new customers.

Tell me, what product does NOT have production issues. Soon-to-be an industrial engineer, so far I have never seen a project going perfectly well.

This must be slow news day for tech sites

Or just maybe the fruit company has not been in the news for 12 hours, so they manufacture a fake supply issue story to drum up first day sales... I can hear the chants now: "Must have new apple product that is no different from old apple product because there are supply issues"

Milamber said,
...so they manufacture a fake supply issue story to drum up first day sales

Definitely. If they don't leak stories on to Neowin every 12 hours then how else will they get the word out to members of the general public to line up and buy the latest iPhone. Silly "fruit company".

I just came out of my iPhone 3GS contract ....and went for the Galaxy S2. Quite pleased with it so far. I have been waiting for the iPhone5 but its just taking too long and to be honest I was ready to try something new.

Why would they suddenly release 2 phones? As usual Apple rumours every year are way over the top. It's either has to be a 4S or a iPhone 5. Seems weird for there to be a improved iPhone 4 and a iPhone 5 to be released at the same time. These rumours sometimes are way out of there.

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