The Wall Street Journal has confirmed rumors that Apple has ordered components for the next generation iPhone, which will be released in quarter three of 2011. Like any new Apple product, there is a cloud of mystery surrounding the device. Some suggest that it will feature an edge-to-edge screen with a tear drop shape, and others believe that it will be no different cosmetically from the existing iPhone 4. The Wall Street Journal reports that the iPhone 5 will be thinner and lighter than its predecessor, and will house an 8 megapixel camera. Not surprising, considering Apple’s track record, but it will be interesting to see what design Cupertino comes up with that is even thinner that the current model.
The device could be delayed due to manufacturing issues, since Apple devices are notoriously difficult to assemble. The iPad suffered from shortages when part suppliers could not meet the demand, and it’s very possible that the same will happen to future devices.
“The touch-screen devices are so thin. It’s really difficult to install so many components into the iPhones and iPads. We hope to raise the yield rate and volume in the second half which will help improve our gross margin.”