Apple’s iPhone 5 will indeed begin shipping in September, according to the latest reports from their suppliers, backing up previous rumours about the phone’s new release date.
The report, from the usually authoritative Taiwanese electronics industry newspaper DigiTimes, says that one of Apple’s main suppliers will start shipping the iPhone in September.
They report: ‘Pegatron Technology has landed orders for 10 million units of iPhone 5 to become the second ODM of the smartphone. Shipments will start in September, according to industry sources.’ This appears to tie-in with an earlier report from July, although that pegged the order level at 15million.
The September shipping date for Apple’s suppliers doesn’t necessarily mean that the phone will go on sale that month – some recent rumours have suggested it might be in October instead – but the weight of evidence still suggests that a September release date is most likely.
Apple is reported to have already sent out test units of the new phone to networks – a crucial final step before handsets can go on sale.
It’s still no known whether the new iPhone will be a major upgrade or a minor teak to the iPhone 4 – with persistent rumours suggesting that the firm may even be looking to introduce both a high-end iPhone 5 and a lower-priced iPhone 4S at the same time.
It’s likely that Pegatron will be joining Foxconn, Apple’s normal supplier, in making the iPhone 5 – although recent reports have suggested that Apple have been mulling moving over to Pegatron entirely for the production of the iPad 3, also expected this year.
DigiTimes backs this up, saying that due to the smaller profit margins on the iPhone, ‘Pegatron aims to compete for orders for iPad, MacBook Air and other Apple products.’
In response to concerns that they can’t keep up with production schedules, Foxconn are reported to be heavily investing in a robot workforce.