Rumor: production for new iPhone to start at the end of Q2, or in Q3

Today’s rumor about the upcoming iPhone claims that production for Apple’s new smartphone will only start in late Q2 or in Q3. Unfortunately that time frame is vague enough so that it doesn’t actually give us any solid indication of when the new iPhone will be released. Though with production only starting at the end of June at the earliest, a reveal next month at Apple’s annual WWDC seems very unlikely.

Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard something like that. While there have been many rumors claiming we’ll see the new iPhone in June, many others insisted on a September or October launch.

Apple will apparently use in-cell LTPS (low-temperature poly-silicon) high-resolution touch panels for its upcoming mobile device. That could be bad news for the company’s competitors, though, as they may struggle to get their hands on some of that LTPS goodness because of Apple basically flooding suppliers with orders.

The latest report also claims that Apple will stick to 326 ppi pixel density on the new iPhone, which is exactly the same number as on the iPhone 4 and 4S. So, if this is true, it could mean that either Apple will still leave the iPhone’s display unchanged (which doesn’t seem plausible after all the recent speculation on the matter, then again it isn’t impossible), or if it does come up with a larger panel, it will increase the resolution accordingly – so it can still maintain the 326 ppi and the Retina Display branding.

DigiTimes‘ sources expect shipments of iPhones to drop to 25 million units in the second quarter of this year, but thanks to the new iPhone they could be approximately 40 million in Q3 and 45 million in Q4.

We’ll have to wait and see if any of this turns out to be true. Those ‘sources’ have gotten many, many things wrong in the past. Then again, sometimes they haven’t.

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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