Will supply issues delay the launch of the iPhone 5?
Reports now indicate that Apple may only be able to launch the iPhone 5 by the last quarter of 2012.
This follows a recent announcement by a key component manufacturer that supply pressures might cause delays in smart phones using the 4G LTA technology.
Leading mobile phone chip maker Qualcomm Inc has issued a warning that it will have trouble meeting demand for some of its advance cellphone chips due to manufacturing constraints.
The chips are used for the latest high-speed cellphones based on Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology.
Quoting Chief Executive Paul Jacobs a Reuters report said, the company did not see a significant improvement in supply until the December quarter.
Samsung is expected to launch its S3 next month – much before Apple’s expected iPhone 5 release, in an effort to stay ahead of the game.
Although neither of the release dates have been confirmed, it is widely expected that Samsung will announce the S3 on May 3, in an event in London.
Apple on the other hand has been trying to advance the release dates of iPhone to June. It had launched the iPhone 4S in October 2011.
If the latest Apple results are anything to go by the company will not be worried.
On Tuesday, Apple announced that its quarterly revenues managed to surpass estimates and strong demand for iPhones (35.1million) and the new iPads (11.8million) during the first quarter of 2012 .
Shares going up by almost 5 per cent, reversing a 13 per cent drop during the last few weeks.
Apple announced that its fiscal second-quarter revenue had risen by 59 per cent to $39.2 billion.
In fact the 11.8 million iPads that were sold did so following the launch of the New iPad3 in March.
No cheap iPads
Apple CEO Tim Cook also dismissed rumours that apple could be releasing cheaper iPads. According to him the $399 iPad 2 is performing well and the $499 for iPad3 is the ideal price. "I have to tell you, the new iPad is on fire and we're selling them as fast as we can make them," said Tim Cook.
He also dismissed rumours that there would be a hybrid product that could converge an iPad and a Macbook.
With reference to Microsoft’s plans to come up with Windows 8 devices, that could be a mix of smartphone, tablet and a PC he said, "You can converge a toaster and fridge, but those things are probably not gonna be pleasing to the user."