Two New iPhones Are Coming, But The Best One Might Not Arrive Until 2012 [Rumor]

Two New iPhones Are Coming, But The Best One Might Not Arrive Until 2012 [Rumor]

Sources have reportedly confirmed that there are indeed two new models of Apple’s iPhone on their way: one of which will be a cheaper version of the iPhone 4, and the other a fancy new iPhone 5. However, thanks to production delays with at least one assembler, the best one may not arrive until 2012.

9to5 Mac reports that in addition to that much-anticipated iPhone 5, Apple will be launching a cheaper model of the iPhone 4 as previously rumored. The device will look identical to the existing iPhone 4, but will be “priced aggressively” and offered on both prepaid and post-paid plans.

Unfortunately, the report doesn’t offer any other information on how this device is different to today’s iPhone 4, but it does say the device is being produced in big numbers, with Apple hoping to have “10+ million of these things on hand for launch.”

But who cares about the iPhone 4? It’s been here for 15 months already? What we’re interested in is the iPhone 5, but according to 9to5, there are concerns it will not arrive until 2012:

It appears that the tear-drop shaped iPhone 5 with larger screen and thinner, rounder body is seeing continued design and production delays, at least on one assembly line (Apple has multiple production sources – Pegatron, Foxconn, etc).  We therefore think that iPhone 5 will be delayed slightly at the very least and may see shortages all the way into 2012.

The iPhone 5 itself is a sight to behold, we’ve been told.  It is impossibly light, yet much firmer than Samsung Galaxy phones which are backed in plastic.  The camera rivals point and shoot cameras and will be a major marketing point for this device.

An early 2012 launch will undoubtedly be a huge disappointment to the vast majority of our readers. We’ve been drowned in rumors surrounding the iPhone 5 for most of this year, and we’re all dying to know what it’s going to look like, and what’s it’s going to be capable of.

Will you be disappointed if we hear nothing from Apple about the iPhone 5 until next year?

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  • HenryMcNinja

    I’m disappointed already! I decided to skip the 4 and wait for a 5 and my 3GS is about to give up! I was hoping to be having an iPhone 5 by now!

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  • Ben Woodward

    My iPhone 4 contract runs out at the end of the month, I was thinking I could just pick up the iPhone 5 in October. WHY APPLE WHYYYYY!

  • Kyle

    This stinks, if true that is. Another ploy to drive the hype? I wouldn’t think that would be necessary but who knows. I was thinking by the end of October without question but now this delay? Really? After well over a year?

  • Emma Bierbaum

    Noooooo! My 3GS’s headphone jack broke and I am iPodless! Please Apple, I need the 5.

  • Linkgr

    They are saying about shortages all the way into 2012. They are not saying anything about 2012 release.
    And if i am not mistaken all apple product face shortages at launch. Only recently the ipad 2 is produced in a sufficient rate

  • forkup

    Android ftw!

  • Impatient

    Massively disappointing! I hope it’s not true. If this happens then I’ll probably upgrade to an iphone 4 or even a Galaxy SII. I just wish they’d announce what is going on. 

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  • tomnryan

    False

  • techgeek01

    If that is the case, they’ll have to upgrade the phone even more, since the Samsung Galaxy S III Will be coming out next year (around February/march?) And that phone is rumored to be even more of a beast, than the SGS II.

    you can delay it, but if you do that, it’s gonna have to be “upgraded” significantly.

  • oneil nicholas

    I really hope this stay a rumor i don’t want to wait any longer

  • Bkfraiders7

    Where in this whole article does it say a 2012 launch? A launch in 2012 and shortages, which Apple claims yearly, into 2012 are two different things.

  • Lilymae44

    Disappointed? Heck yea. I am a diehard Apple fan, have stood in endless lines on every launch date for every iPhone and iPad release. Have waited patiently for, what I hope anyway, will be a major update to iPhone 4. Let’s get real for a moment. In ’07, when Apple yet again revolutionized the smartphone industry, they had pretty much no competition, but the same can not be said today. They are going to have to get their production on some surer footing to stay viable in a quickly evolving market. The buying public now has (gasp!) options, and I can only say, I hope iPhone 5 blows them all out of the water. I am committed to the Apple line, and will continue to wait, but for Gods’ sake, please make it worth my while…

  • Demonstr8r

    I sure hope the iPhone 5 looks nothing like the picture above, which in my opinion is a step backwards from the iPhone 4 solely based on appearance. When is the last time you held a cell phone and thought “Damn, this thing is too heavy? I wish they’d shave a tenth of an ounce off the weight!” in my opinion, any weight saved on the casing, should be applied to the battery. Until phones are no bigger than a wristwatch complete with heads up display, I could care less about “Look at me, I shed 0.12 ounces!” At some point soon this will result in anorexia phone models.

  • Mpdpr1

    it looks like an ipod touch

  • Unis Zuurmond

    I actually hope it won’t be a teardrop design, but I guess from looking at the cases that it will be. My biggest problem with the teardrop design is using the device landscape mode. It just won’t feel right.

  • Jack McClauren

    We should move on with our lives.

  • August Drilling

    i’ve been waiting for a new iPhone for months. my 3gs was stolen and am using an old blackberry curve which is terrible. wahh

  • vonchambers

    I think it would be extremely ridiculous of Apple to make us wait two years for a significant iPhone update.

  • Bitter Witch

    I will be so fucking pissed if it doesn’t come in October because I’ve had my fucking phone since 2010 and I’m getting so sick of it.  HURRY UP ALREADY DAMMIT.

  • Bunnytrifecta

    I hate to think that this could be true, but let’s look at the facts: all rumors thus far and a leaked N94 prototype, spare parts, etc, have pointed at Fall iPhone 4 refresh (4S) model. The sales figures don’t lie either; the iPhone 4 is still selling a ton and I’m sure Apple is convinced they can hold off on a iPhone 5 until it is perfected, supply chain ironed out, etc. 

    If an iPhone 5 release was imminent, I’m convinced we would have seen more evidence including front/back plates, leaked pics, something! I just don’t think it’s ready. And I too think a Winter Spring launch is more plausible. Sucks too because I’m tired of my 3GS.

  • facebook-100001819333465

    Man what the hell Apple get the iPhones out now

  • MacHead

    This will suck ass if its true. We havent seen a new iPhone is a year and a half! If the suckass 4S is all that they release. Ill be mad ass hell. And to suggest its from production/design issues causing the delay is horse shit. They want to milk the 4s for as long as they can without the 5 canalization it. Muther Fuckers!

  • tk427

    agreed, Cult of Mac is blowing this rumor way out.  It says shortages into 2012 which isn’t a surprise.  First couple of months after launch it’s always difficult to get the latest iPhone, so lets see, some simple logic… Launch in October, with shortages 2 to 3 months out takes you into 2012.  I.e. CULT OF MAC…. Your title is totally f’ing WRONG!!!!!

  • MacHead

    Cannibalizing* stupid auto spell!

  • prof_peabody

    So there are two models (which we knew already), one of which looks almost exactly like an iPod touch and is having some production delays. From this they get that this is actually the iPhone 5 and won’t be available until Spring?  Quite the fantastic leap of logic there.  

  • Hampus

    Don’t quite see a reason to be mad, the only reason to upgrade the iPhone is to give it a larger screen and to make the specs look better on the paper, I doubt a new CPU would make a lot of difference…

    Also, it’s far more likely there are production issue than that they would want to milk the iPhone 4s sales since if they wanted to milk sales they could just ignoring doing an iPhone 4s as the iPhone 4 sales are still going strong

  • MacGoo

    Just because there might be production delays doesn’t mean Apple won’t reveal the iPhone at their event in the near future. Also notice the quote said “iPhone 5 will be delayed slightly at the very least and may see shortages all the way into 2012.” So…yeah. It’s saying a “slight delay” before launch, followed by ongoing shortages. Kindof like the iPad 2. And the iPad. And the iPhone. They’re anticipating shortages because they’re projecting demand to be larger than they can handle. Nothing new for Apple.

  • CharliK

    Or perhaps the “production delays” are on the new iPod touch and not the iPhone and there has never been a plan for the iPhone to have that design this year (next year with the iPhone 6) perhaps. 

    Seriously folks, the sources on this are thinner than a gossip rag. There’s zero proof of anything specs why, delay claims etc. 

  • CharliK

    95% of the iPhone using world is on a two year contract with zero intentions of buying a phone mid contract. 

    So why not two years between ‘significant’ updates

  • Alexander Popov

    Seriously, I read all the comments and couldn’t help but laugh. People are getting frustrated, disappointed and upset over the release date of a cellular telephone. :-) OK, I’m a geek too, currently using an iPhone 4 and have a 3GS, but seriously, I have enough important things in my life to worry about. Being curious about the new device is one thing, but getting all worked up about the release date simply means that someone needs to get a life. :-) Relax, it will be out when it is ready. 

  • CharliK

    Nope. Watch and they will release an “4s” this fall with a cheaper 4. They will call it the iPhone 5 but basically the same phone with a slightly faster processor and slightly better camera. No other changes. 

    It will sell like mad

    The Galaxy, if it isn’t shut down by the courts, will release, sell pretty well but likely not any newsworthy numbers. Meanwhile we get story after story of the millions of iPhone 5 selling everywhere. 

    Late next summer, Apple releases the iPhone 6, perhaps with LTE, their rumored software sim, support for all carrier types in one phone, blah blah. 

    It sells like mad. 

  • CharliK

    You probably still can. 

    It is possible that all this talk about a 4s AND a 5 is wrong. Because it is possible they are in fact the same thing. Not too separate ones. 

  • Gcbfnf

    I don’t believe this…no proof so it’s pointless to get frustrated over

  • Mark Bradley

    I would love for it to come this year, but if it doesn’t that just means I will wait. Eventually, I will get my hands on one. :)

  • Demonstr8r

    Not to mention it won’t feel properly balanced when talking on the phone either, since once can surmise most of the weight would be on the wider portion which is at the top, according the the wildly speculative rumors.

  • KhaledsCorner

    yes I’ll be disappointed

  • Jam007

    I have a PAINFULLY slow 3g.  i NEED the 5, not the 4!!!!!!!!!!  

  • Chris Killen

    ME TOO. My 3Gs died in March…I figured I’d wait until June/July when they release it…but nope! Then I decided to wait until now, and now they’re saying it isn’t coming? The Blackberry curve I’m using has a giant crack on the screen! :(

  • LightDev

    You’re all a bunch of whiney bitches. I still have an original iPhone…still works great. Yes, I am going to upgrade when the new one is released, but to listen to all of those out there with a 1 year old phone complaining about not having a new one…it makes me sick. You’re all spoiled brats. It’s no wonder the rest of the world hates us.

  • Jay

    I think you’re exactly right. We would have seen more leaks if the 5 were ready.
    My 3GS is on its last legs (power button jammed, battery weakening) but of course I’ll wait if necessary. Better to get it right than to get it fast.
    Have an original iPad I’m looking forward to replacing too.
    Main reason I’m impatient is that neither of my current devices supports FaceTime and I’m really looking forward to communicating with my friends and family.

    Also think it’s great that there will be a more affordable iPhone for everyone out there whose circumstances don’t allow for the current models.

  • Anonymous

    “But who cares about the iPhone 4? It’s been here for 15 months already?”

    Hahaha.  Not that I don’t disagree (particularly since I’m still waiting for the 5 to upgrade my 3GS), but it’s funny when you think about it in context.  The cotton gin, for example, is still pretty much unchanged after 200 years.  I bet those cotton farmers are PISSED.

  • Chris Killen

    you must be like, what? 90 years old?! DINOSAUR!

  • techgeek01

    Well, Galaxy (phone) won’t get shut down by the courts. Apple will love it to be, but it won’t.  Last I checked there was only 1 thing the courts found that the Galaxy (phone) was indeed infringing upon on, but it has no impact on the Galaxy since all what need is an “update” to fix it. And that may already be rolling out.

    so, won’t get shut down by the courts.

    Well, the Galaxy S was pretty damn popular, the Galaxy S II is hell a lot more popular and has been smashing records all over the place.  Matter of fact it out seated the iPhone 4 in several countries. So not newsworthy numbers? B.S. It’s pretty damn popular and sales all over the world is proving it.

    Matter of fact, Samsung out seated Apple in Smartphone sells in Europe AND grew over 600% in Europe. In America, Samsung is seated in second place and grew almost 500%.  The current rate Samsung is growing, they will (easily) pass Apple within a year. Last I checked, worldwide sells, Samsung was right behind Apple and there was like Million or two difference in sales, IF that.  Samsung is selling newsworthy numbers. 

    Also, there is not just the Samsung Galaxy S II to worry about, but the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE.  The LTE version packs even a faster processor, larger screen, LTE with world capability, and larger battery.

    Around the same time the iPhone “5″ is supposed to come out (october time range) the Galaxy Nexus (nexus prime) will come out as well.  Which will be like a Galaxy S II LTE on steroids.

    And the way the Galaxy S series of phones have been selling, those numbers WILL be newsworthy. 

    Oh, and one more thing. You can pick up the SGS II at several retailers (like Walmart and such) for $100.  Yes, $100 is getting you the BEST smartphone that is currently on the market. It’s like getting an iPhone 5 for “half” price.

    The point is, The Galaxy series of phones are selling like mad.  and with each version, more and more so. Once the Galaxy S II hits the market here in the state, it WILL sell millions. And there will be story after story about it.  The numbers WILL be newsworthy. Then shortly after that the LTE version will hit Europe and the world. (don’t know when it will hit the states)  That will sell millions.  By the end of october there will be the Galaxy Nexus.  And a couple of months after that their will be the Galaxy S III.

    The point again is, the Galaxy series of Phones is just going to sell more and more.  And the rate they are selling at, its just a matter of when it will pass the iPhone.  This phone is popular! Damn popular!  And saying that the Apple or the iPhone dosen’t need to worry about this phone at all is complete B.S.  IF Apple dosen’t release a Phone like the Galaxy S II, or the S II LTE or the Galaxy Nexus, they WILL lose millions of customers. (or potential customers)  Longer Apple waits to release the iPhone 5, more and more they have to “upgrade” the phone, because Samsung (or other’s) aren’t waiting for Apple, they are already pushing out better and better phones.  Right now the BEST smartphone out there is the Galaxy S II.  Right now, the BEST smartphone that is confirmed to be coming is the Galaxy S II LTE. the BEST smartphone just got even BETTER.  Galaxy S II BROKE sale records all over the world.  the Galaxy S II LTE will break even more records and out seat the Galaxy S II. And then the Galaxy Nexus come out.

    Again, the point being, Samsung is growing at a rate far bigger than Apple. The rate they are growing, they will pass Apple in smartphone sells by next year. What is fueling that is the Galaxy line up of phones. Each version of the Galaxy phones have just been smashing records all over. Selling (easily) millions of handsets, Numbers that ARE newsworthy, if not MORE SO than Apple’s. Apple has to make a phone that can compete against the Galaxy series of phones, or otherwise, they are going to wonder why the hell, they are not selling none. Oh, defiantly, iPhone 5 will easily sell millions. Question is, will the Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II LTE and/or Galaxy Nexus (nexus prime) sell millions, if not millions more than the iPhone 5? That’s the question.  It’s going to be a extremely tight race. Apple WON’T be able to easily sell millions more handsets than Samsung now.  They are going to have to work their ass off, if they want to sell more handsets than Samsung now.

  • DangerZone

    “but to listen to all of those out there with a 1 year old phone complaining about not having a new one…it makes me sick.”

    I do agree with this. The only reason why I’m actually upset if the release is pushed to 2012 is because I’m still on the original brick green EnV. I’ve been saving up for 2 years to get an iPhone and pay for a data plan. So some of us have been using 3+ year old phones, not everyone who is pissed are iPhone owners, some of us are regular crap phone using joes

  • Ron McCall

    I’m not upgrade eligible yet, so it’s not a big issue for me — yet.  Still very happy with my iPhone 4.  I will upgrade to iOS5 when it comes out. I’ve decided that, at least for at time, I may be happy enough to NOT jailbreak. We’ll see how long THAT lasts…

  • Charlie Choo

    So you’re assuming that 95% of the iPhone using world is currently using an iPhone 4? C’mon Goofus, don’t be so shortsighted you dullard.

  • Amyasuar

    I’d be pissed!!!

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    Dream on.

  • Bob Forsberg

    IPad3 will probably exhibit what is being expected from a cheaper iPhone 4 & iPhone 5.

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    install 3.1.3 on your 3g, it’s not that slow actually.  i mean the 4 is way faster.  but it’s usable w/ the older OS

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