iPhone 5 Production To Begin In September, Release Either Late In 2011 or Early 2012

With so much speculation surrounding the iPhone 5 and its potential release windows, Business Insider brings news of speculation coming out of Avian Securities.

Based on conversations with a ‘key component supplier’, Avian Securities claims the iPhone 5 will go into mass production in September, with a release either late in 2011 or early 2012. This fits with rumors already circulating along those lines, though at this point any speculation appears to be guess-work.

The full text from Avian Securities, via Business Insider also mentions the fabled ‘cheap iPhone’ – a rumor we seem to hear every year.

"Supporting out comments over the last month, conversations with yet another key component supplier indicates that production for iPhone-5 will begin in September. This is consistent with Avian findings in the supply chain in recent months and we believe the consensus view is moving towards this scenario. In addition, our conversations also indicate the existence of a lower-spec/lower-priced iPhone in Apple’s roadmap. However, while our contacts have seen the placeholder in the Apple roadmap, they do not yet have insight into specs or production timing. This leads us to believe that any launch is likely a very late 2011 or more likely a 2012 event. As a reminder, Avian has uncovered several data-points in recent months pointing to the existence of a lower-spec/lower-price iPhone. A lower-spec/lower-price iPhone has also been speculated in the press and gadget blogs, though we do not believe consensus currently discounts the existence of such a model."

I do fear the whole affair loses some credibility as soon as a budget iPhone is mentioned. Apple doesn’t need to launch a budget handset – that’s what the company has done with its year-old design after each new iPhone release, a method that has worked so well in the past.

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