iPhone 5 to begin production in September, low cost version may follow

Apparently the iPhone 5 will enter production in September of this year meaning the device will likely be on sale at the end of the year, or early next year according to a company named "Avian Securities." The post, which comes from Business Insider, reports that the news was leaked during a conversation Avian had with a "key component supplier to Apple."

"Conversations with yet another key component supplier indicates that production for iPhone-5 will begin in September," says the article. There is also talk of a low-cost, lower specification version of the iPhone being made, "In addition, our conversations also indicate the existence of a lower-spec/lower-priced iPhone in Apple's roadmap." The company also claims they managed to uncover "several data-points in recent months pointing to the existence of a lower-spec/lower-price iPhone" to back up the claim.

Various reports and rumours have been circulating the blogging world recently and, to date, it is speculated the iPhone 5 may have a metal construction, illuminated bezel, 8MP camera and maybe even allow wireless payments. Of course only when Apple release some solid details can anyone confirm these are one hundred percent accurate, however if we go by past leaks and rumours it is likely we will see at least some of these features in the next generation phone from Apple.

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P.S. Verizon's New Every 2 and their Early Upgrade Program are now discontinued. I called up Verizon today only 2 find out that I am no longer eligible 4 the $20 dollar early upgrade program on August 2nd, 2011, however that I am still eligible 4 one last New Every Two on 04/02/2012! Verizon Sucks!

Stick with September production then...
Shorter waiting time for me in winter 2012/2013 when I get a new phone with my contract.

I'm so happy I didn't wait for the iPhone 5 and bought my i4 this February... #winning

GS:mac

P.S. An AT&T customer service lady said that some AT&T Employees @ R & D are disappointed that Verizon Wireless has a better IPhone 4 than AT&T regarding dropped calls.

kevpan815 said,
P.S. An AT&T customer service lady said that some AT&T Employees @ R & D are disappointed that Verizon Wireless has a better IPhone 4 than AT&T regarding dropped calls.

This all plays into their network though too. Verizon's CDMA network is far superior to AT&T's in terms of reliability. Speed wise, AT&T's GSM network outranks Verizon. Of course this is all dependant on where you live. I have AT&T where I live here in PA, and I have no issues with them at all.

Not happening. Apple isn't stupid enough to do this. With 2 year contracts of 3GS owners coming up, no way in hell would they push launch back. People WILL go android then. Or WP7

Brandon said,
Not happening. Apple isn't stupid enough to do this. With 2 year contracts of 3GS owners coming up, no way in hell would they push launch back. People WILL go android then. Or WP7

Bingo. You hit the nail on the head.

Brandon said,
Not happening. Apple isn't stupid enough to do this. With 2 year contracts of 3GS owners coming up, no way in hell would they push launch back. People WILL go android then. Or WP7
No problems here with my 3GS Contract: I bought my AT&T 3GS Remanufactured in Febuary of this year so a Production Delay is in every body's best interests (so that they can fix the IPhone 4's Antenna Gate Issue)!

Its getting pretty annoying with all these rumours. Think I'll just wait for the June Conference before I believe anything. It doesn't make to much sense to me, why they would change. If they miss the initial summer date, then it eats in to iPod time, then it will eat in to iPad time and then it will be back to iPhone season. So if it isn't released this summer, the iPhone 4 will get old pretty quick. Will give Windows phone a major advantage as it will have another year to iron out all issues. We all know 1 year is a long time in the phone market.

Can also chime in with a prediction?

It seems all the rage nowadays, so why not.

The next iPhone will never actually be released, it'll be so amazing you can just think it's there and BAM, you realise you never had any story and were just inventing one because it's a slow mews week.

As far as im concerned the 5 can take its time coming out. I just got a 4 a few months ago and im not looking to kick out another $400 for a 5 and another contract renewal lol.

maybe around this time, they see a dip in the sale of the iphone model b/c people would ratehr wait 2-3 months and get the next one. by starting this rumour, they keep the sale of iphone 4 going till the time in the summer when i phone 5 (or more likely 4G) is released.

Ha, Ha, I told you guys that my newspaper said that the IPhone 5 was not due out until August or September and it looks like I was right! Just FYI!

kevpan815 said,
Ha, Ha, I told you guys that my newspaper said that the IPhone 5 was not due out until August or September and it looks like I was right! Just FYI!

Thanks for that, whoever you are.

Ugh, I can already picture the press coverage come iPhone 5 debut day:

iJobs: "It's the game changer again!"
CNN: "Apple comes out with revolutionary new phone!"
Fox: "Jobs reinvents the phone!"
iJobs: "It's a revolution in smartphones!"

LOL, all the hype and iPhone 5 will probably just have some fancy buttons and wireless payments.

PlogCF said,
Ugh, I can already picture the press coverage come iPhone 5 debut day:

iJobs: "It's the game changer again!"
CNN: "Apple comes out with revolutionary new phone!"
Fox: "Jobs reinvents the phone!"
iJobs: "It's a revolution in smartphones!"

LOL, all the hype and iPhone 5 will probably just have some fancy buttons and wireless payments.

Who cares what they/he says, as long as the customers are happy with the product it's all that really matters. After all, it really is the user who decides whether the product is what they want or not, they can buy it and say this crap sucks, i'll resale, or stick with a phone that is just good for them.

I had a nice android phone before my 3gs... and even though the 3gs was a downgrade, I enjoy iOS more than I did with android. What they say is just corporate bullcrap, what really matters is that some people want certain software/company product, and others want another.

PlogCF said,
Ugh, I can already picture the press coverage come iPhone 5 debut day:

iJobs: "It's the game changer again!"
CNN: "Apple comes out with revolutionary new phone!"
Fox: "Jobs reinvents the phone!"
iJobs: "It's a revolution in smartphones!"

LOL, all the hype and iPhone 5 will probably just have some fancy buttons and wireless payments.

There's no point doing anything other than overselling the product if they want to stay at the top of the game.

what said,

There's no point doing anything other than overselling the product if they want to stay at the top of the game.

LOL on "On Top". iPhone has never been on top worldwide and in fact, they are taking a back seat to Android. What you meant to say was "stay in the game".

UndergroundWire said,

LOL on "On Top". iPhone has never been on top worldwide and in fact, they are taking a back seat to Android. What you meant to say was "stay in the game".


Well I meant staying at the top with the other top players, but thanks for being pedantic.

(Android isn't a phone btw).

Like I said when this was posted at BGR...Apple will in no way miss the Christmas shopping season. This article is a **** of crap and will debunked just like every other article out there.

I will place a huge bet on a new phone making it onto the market by end of summer.

SteelToast said,
Maybe a low cost one but not the actual successor to the Iphone 4 because of the verizon launch...

It was barely a "launch". Apple didn't exactly do a song and dance to the world about it so I doubt that it has replaced/pushed on the next iPhone's release

Tech Star said,
Whattttt?! I wanted to get away from my Android phone in June/July. Now I got to wait longer.
I'm telling your Android phone you said that.

Tech Star said,
Whattttt?! I wanted to get away from my Android phone in June/July. Now I got to wait longer.

Ha ha. While your waiting for the next version of the iPhone, I wonder how many will just jump ship to the Android.

There is also talk of a low-cost, lower specification version of the iPhone being made, "In addition, our conversations also indicate the existence of a lower-spec/lower-priced iPhone in Apple's roadmap."

That may hurt re-sellers. One perk of buying Apple tech junk is they seem to resell better (in my experience) than non-Apple tech junk. Probably because they don't lower prices gradually throughout a products life cycle (or not very often anyway), but rather only lower the price of a "last gen" product when a new product is released (like how last gen iPads were lowered by $100 when iPad 2 was released). This is what a lot of people complain about when it comes to Apple's MacBook and MacBook Pro line... but anyone interested in buying Apple products should make their purchases near the beginning of a new product's life cycle and not near the end.

Shadrack said,

That may hurt re-sellers. One perk of buying Apple tech junk is they seem to resell better (in my experience) than non-Apple tech junk. Probably because they don't lower prices gradually throughout a products life cycle (or not very often anyway), but rather only lower the price of a "last gen" product when a new product is released (like how last gen iPads were lowered by $100 when iPad 2 was released). This is what a lot of people complain about when it comes to Apple's MacBook and MacBook Pro line... but anyone interested in buying Apple products should make their purchases near the beginning of a new product's life cycle and not near the end.

Whay are people who are heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem so concerned about getting rid of their Apple equipment? We are told that Apple is made of the highest quality components, that they are future-proof, last longer than their PC counterparts, etc. and yet the products are purchased with the intent of selling them as quickly as possible. If they are such high quality, long lasting, and advanced, then there should not be a need to sell them so quickly.

nohone said,

Whay are people who are heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem so concerned about getting rid of their Apple equipment? We are told that Apple is made of the highest quality components, that they are future-proof, last longer than their PC counterparts, etc. and yet the products are purchased with the intent of selling them as quickly as possible. If they are such high quality, long lasting, and advanced, then there should not be a need to sell them so quickly.

Why would you need 2 iPhones? They resell them so they can the latest version without dishing out much cash for an upgrade..

nohone said,

Whay are people who are heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem so concerned about getting rid of their Apple equipment? We are told that Apple is made of the highest quality components, that they are future-proof, last longer than their PC counterparts, etc. and yet the products are purchased with the intent of selling them as quickly as possible. If they are such high quality, long lasting, and advanced, then there should not be a need to sell them so quickly.

Because iPhones keep their resale value better than most other smartphones. Apple support their OS for older hardware longer than anyone else, so a second hand apple phone is still relevant and useful, with still maybe a year or so life in it (in terms of updates and features).

People like to upgrade to the newest, and its nice to get a decent chunk of cash back for your old phone....

My contract is up in November this year, so waiting patiently to see if iPhone 5 will be my next upgrade!

nohone said,

Whay are people who are heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem so concerned about getting rid of their Apple equipment? We are told that Apple is made of the highest quality components, that they are future-proof, last longer than their PC counterparts, etc. and yet the products are purchased with the intent of selling them as quickly as possible. If they are such high quality, long lasting, and advanced, then there should not be a need to sell them so quickly.

Oh yeah, who told you all of that? Seems like a bunch of hyperbole gibber-jabber to me.

Apple products seem to to always be good for resell compared to other name brands, and that is a fact. I paid $530 for my 32GB WiFi iPad 1 and it resold this week for $430. $100 difference for a year of use is pretty damn good IMHO. Try selling the Moto XOOM used in a year for only $100 less than it cost at retail. You'll be hard pressed partly because the market will be spammed with Android tablets and also because Moto will continuously drop their price on the XOOM throughout the year. What's better? Moto continuously dropping their price to match competition or Apple keeping their prices fixed and only dropping when next-gen products are coming out? The later is better if you are smart with the timing of your purchases from Apple and are interested in reselling. People who buy Apple products a few weeks before a next-gen product comes out and then B&M about it on forums amuses me.

StevoFC said,
ugh... September? Why would they change it's release now?
September is not the release date , its the production date. It will be released at a later date. As is said in the title.
The question is, is it because of hardware shortage or will it be all the more special after this delay.
There competitors will be rejoicing though, iPhone 4 will get pretty old by that time. Also I think they are launching iPod line-up and iPhone on the same day, and maybe also add iPad 3 or any other hardware and make some "Apple Day" or something. To simplify product launch or refresh.

FMH said,
September is not the release date , its the production date. It will be released at a later date. As is said in the title.
The question is, is it because of hardware shortage or will it be all the more special after this delay.
There competitors will be rejoicing though, iPhone 4 will get pretty old by that time. Also I think they are launching iPod line-up and iPhone on the same day, and maybe also add iPad 3 or any other hardware and make some "Apple Day" or something. To simplify product launch or refresh.

It makes no business sense to have them all launch at the same time, let alone the resources they would need for all the product departments to meet that deadlines - I imagine some people working on the iPad are also working on the iPhone for example as it's essentially the same technology

StevoFC said,
ugh... September? Why would they change it's release now?

Change it's release? I wasn't aware a release date had been previously announcement for the iPhone 5. For something to change, it has to exist in the first place.