Rumors of the iPhone 5 launch have been confirmed as Apple scrambles to ensure displays are finished on time
As we reported on Monday, Apple’s next major release, the iPhone 5, is scheduled to be unveiled to the world on September 12. But unlike every other rumor which pertains to Apple’s devices, this one may have actually originated in Cupertino which. Analysts now suggest that the California-based tech giant is trying to play the PR game in order to ramp up prospective Q2 earnings.
While the device is pencilled in for a September 12 bow, there may yet be a drawback as Apple’s manufacturing partners appear to be losing the battle to produce the device’s next-gen display on a scale able to keep up with demand – which is expected to be high.
The device is rumored to feature a 4.6-inch display, which utilizes the company’s Retina Display technology, along with a new dual-core CPU and quad-core GPU. But the jump to a larger screen has seen Apple’s chosen manufacturer’s struggle to meet quota, as it battles with financial constraints.
According to Taiwanese-based rumor mill DigiTimes, Apple’s chosen partners Japan Display, LG Display and Sharp are all suffering from financial issues, which are leading to depleted production figures. So much, in fact, that Apple has offered to step-in and subsidize the screens itself, but even with the extra financial incentive it may still be a struggle.
Whether the potential screen shortage will affect production of the iPad Mini – which is scheduled to be unveiled at the same event as the iPhone 5 – remains to be seen. But there is likely to be some sweating going on in boardrooms around the world to stop Apple’s biggest ever launch from being marred by uncertainty over device availability.