The iPhone 5 release date may not be affected by a suspected battery dilemma – specifically, the handset’s official battery provider is reportedly struggling to churn out enough energy packs that are up to Apple’s strict standards.
And even if the battery issue turns out to be accurate, Apple is likely to conjure up a plan to avoid any disruption to the mooted handset’s launch later this year, an expert has claimed.
According to Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White, the unnamed manufacturer has only fulfilled 30 per cent of the orders placed by Apple, which is worryingly low considering the iPhone 5 is expected to land either in September or October, rumours suggest.
“If there is a battery challenge, we trust that Apple will be able to figure it out in time for a September launch.”
According to AppleInsider’s Neil Hughes, the anonymous battery vendor is purported to be “working to solve the problem”.
He also cast doubt over White’s claims that the iPhone 5 will launch in September, writing:
“White’s prediction of a September launch for the next iPhone is earlier than some others anticipate. Last year, the iPhone 4S launched in mid-October, and some industry watchers expect Apple will wait about a year before launching a new handset.”
Apple claims to be extremely picky when it comes to the quality of their devices – fanboys may well remember that the late Steve Jobs stalled the launch of the white iPhone 4 by nine months due to a lack of UV protection.
However, with Jobs no longer at the helm, it remains to be seen whether Apple’s new head, Tim Cook, will follow precedent or find a speedy solution to launch the device on time.
iPhone 5 rumours so far…
While rumours surrounding the launch of the widely-anticipated iPhone 5 contradict each other, the majority seem to point to an October release date (around the same time the iPhone 4S launched).
The iPhone 5 will be the first handset released by the Californian firm without the guidance of its respected former leader Steve Jobs, who died last year following a lengthy battle with cancer.
However, it’s believed the rumoured handset is the last device Jobs actively worked on before his untimely passing.
Sticking firmly with its standard upgrade pattern, Apple is expected to introduce a quad-core processor, as well as improved camera optics and a new, slimmer, metal-backed design, if reports prove to be accurate.
In terms of a price, not much is known, However, if we’re to go off price allocations given to previous models, you can expect to pay about £499 for the 16GB version of the next iPhone, with prices continuing all the way up to £699 for the 64GB edition.
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