According to Apple’s touch panel makers, the company has not yet made any information available to manufacturing partners with regard to the next-generation iPhone’s production timeline. This new report from DigiTimes contradicts several earlier reports claiming the iPhone 5 will launch in September. In addition, however, it further supports the notion that Apple may alter its current annual release schedule, which has seen the company launch a new iPhone model each summer since the first iPhone was unveiled in 2007. Key component suppliers would likely already have received orders if Apple intended to launch the iPhone 5 in late June or early July. Instead, manufacturers continue to receive orders for the iPhone 4 according to the report. Some speculate that unresolved component and design issues may delay the release of the iPhone 5, while others believe Apple may make minor revisions to the current iPhone 4 model in the coming months and push back the release of a new device. DigiTimes also claims Apple may also be working on a new entry-level iPhone, which is a rumor that has been reported several times over the past few years.


Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than a decade, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.