The iPhone 5 release date currently looks likely in the Fall due to this weeks news and rumors, which include trouble with production of components that could push the iPhone 5 release date back later in 2012. Theories about iPhone 5 features and specs currently include in-cell touch panels and “amorphous metal alloys” for a slimmer iPhone 5, plus the previously mentioned 4G LTE and iOS6 from last week. An iTunes 11 redesign that focuses on iCloud received fresh rumors this week, which would affect how the iPhone 5 interacts for music, movies and TV shows.
As we move closer to an iPhone 5 release date, the crunch for production gets tighter. Reuters reports that Qualcomm is having trouble meeting demand for iPhone 5 components. This pushed towards a theory of an October iPhone5 release date, as the squeeze is on for production. This was echoed by analyst Gene Munster who this week moved his expectations to an October release date based on current conditions. Some still see a June release date that will coincide with an announcement at the WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference). What’s your guess?
The current iPhone has moved into more coverage with the addition of Alaska Communications, Appalachian Wireless, GCL, Cellcom, and nTelos as iPhone-ready carriers, according to 9to5Mac; saying this pushes it into more rural areas. Each new imprint in coverage should be applied with a new iPhone 5 release as well. A newly redesigned iTunes 11 is said to to have substantial changes “under the hood” and is not just a graphical change, according to 9to5Mac, who said “Apple is working on iTunes 11 as a version of iTunes that supports their upcoming iOS 6 release and future devices. Apple typically releases new versions of iTunes alongside major new OS’s and mobile devices.” The Verge adds that the App Store will get an upgrade too, with the newly added Chomp app team that Apple bought earlier this year helping to update the App Store for better iCloud integration. The iCloud overhaul will affect iTunes as well, which in turn will make any iPhone 5 release a major upgrade in how the iPhone uses iTunes, iCloud and the App Store.
iPhone 5 specs rumored for release right now are in-cell touch panels from Sharp and Toshiba, as reported by DigiTimes: "An improvement in yield rates of the in-cell touch panels at Sharp and TMD has persuaded Apple to choose to cooperate with Japan-based panel makers, the sources noted." The benefit of the iPhone 5 having in-cell touch panels is that it makes the touch-screen panel thinner, shaving off a bit of size to contribute to a slimmed-down iPhone 5. There’s also talk of a liquid metal, or “amorphous metal alloys” being used, according to ETNews.com; who said “the next flagship phones of the companies are expected to adopt unprecedented materials for their main bodies, that is, ceramic for the Galaxy S3 and liquid metal for iPhone5, both being thin, light and highly resistant to external impacts.”