April 11, 2011
Apple’s next-generation iPhone should go into production as early as September, according to one analyst in news first reported by Business Insider. This would mean the iPhone 5 wouldn’t hit stores until later this year, or early in 2012. But, could it come along with a smaller model? According to a note released today, Avian Securities states:
"Supporting out comments over the last month, conversations with yet another key component supplier indicates that production for iPhone-5 will begin in September. This is consistent with Avian findings in the supply chain in recent months and we believe the consensus view is moving towards this scenario. “Perhaps more surprisingly, Avian believes Apple is also working on a lower-spec/lower-priced iPhone model too. They state:
"As a reminder, Avian has uncovered several data-points in recent months pointing to the existence of a lower-spec/lower-price iPhone. A lower-spec/lower-price iPhone has also been speculated in the press and gadget blogs, though we do not believe consensus currently discounts the existence of such a model."This is the latest in a line of stories in recent weeks, suggesting the iPhone 5 will break precedent and not be released at this June’s WWDC event. Whenever the next hand set does arrive, it will be interesting to see if a smaller model will also be announced. What do you think? Leave your comments below.