Also, a low-spec iPhone hinted.
According to a company called Avian Securities, iPhone 5 will go into production in September and will hit retail shelves at end of the year or early next year. The news comes via a conversation Avian had with a “key component supplier to Apple.”
The component maker also hinted that Apple could be working on a lower-price, low-spec iPhone, though no other specifics or launch window was given.
Below is the full note Avian Securities wrote to Businessinsider:
“Supporting out comments over the last month, conversations with yet another key component supplier indicates that production for iPhone-5 will begin in September. This is consistent with Avian findings in the supply chain in recent months and we believe the consensus view is moving towards this scenario. In addition, our conversations also indicate the existence of a lower-spec/lower-priced iPhone in Apple’s roadmap. However, while our contacts have seen the placeholder in the Apple roadmap, they do not yet have insight into specs or production timing. This leads us to believe that any launch is likely a very late 2011 or more likely a 2012 event. As a reminder, Avian has uncovered several data-points in recent months pointing to the existence of a lower-spec/lower-price iPhone. A lower-spec/lower-price iPhone has also been speculated in the press and gadget blogs, though we do not believe consensus currently discounts the existence of such a model.”
iPhone 5 is rumored to have a larger screen (4-inch+), a metal or a carbon fiber casing, 8MP camera, NFC support, illuminated bezel, a touch Home button, and a whole lot of other less credible-sounding features. As usual, Apple is keeping mum about them and will keep us on the edge till they have something to reveal.