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?