Rumor: Apple to delay iPhone 5 production until fall

A major supplier in Southeast Asia is claiming that it will not begin production on components for Apple's iPhone 5 until sometime in September, adding fuel to rumors that say a traditional summer iPhone release will not be happening this year.

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A major supplier in Southeast Asia is claiming that it will not begin production on components for Apple's iPhone 5 until sometime in September, adding fuel to rumors that say a traditional summer iPhone release will not be happening this year.

A post from AppleInsider references a note to investors from Avian Securities that "revealed the alleged plans for a September production start. The report said the latest information is 'consistent' with other findings the organization has heard in recent months."

Another rumor concerning the iPhone 5 is that Apple has been taking its time finding suppliers for the many components that are used to make the iPhone. Whether the recent disasters in Japan have anything to do with the delay is unknown.

Although Apple is typically tight-lipped about its production process and schedules, it seems as though this year's iPhone production has been particularly secretive.

"In addition, Avian also claimed in its note that it has heard that Apple has a lower-priced iPhone with less expensive internal components in the company's roadmap. However, the handset is currently a 'placeholder,' and specific components and production timing remain unknown."

Apple seems to be focused on bringing Mac OS X 10.7 Lion to market this summer, which will bring the Mac desktop OS closer to the wildly popular iOS platform.

With news that an iPhone 5 may not be available until later this fall, is it time to get an iPhone 4 or keep waiting? Let me know in the comments!

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