When it was announced that Apple would focus on software rather than hardware at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, speculation turned to September when Apple usually updates its iPods as the likely time for the iPhone 5 to make its first appearance.
But a new report casts a big shadow of doubt on that assumption. The latest version of the iPhone wont even go into production until September, according to a new note from Avian Securities, which would make us believe that the device wont be ready until at least the end of the year, or perhaps not until 2012, as one report previously indicated.
Avian is non-committal on reports that Apple might be working on a lower-priced iPhone or an iPhone Nano, saying, [These devices have been] speculated in the press and gadget blogs, though we do not believe consensus currently discounts the existence of such a model.”
Apple might be well served to offer up a different variation of the popular smartphone. While the iPhone continues to be extremely popular, the Android platform just blew past Apple’s iOS in U.S. market share and offering a little more variety might help Apple better compete with the huge number of Android-based smartphones hitting the market. Not only that, the longer Apple waits to unleash the iPhone 5, the more time consumers have to weigh their options and perhaps turn to one of the increasing number of Android alternatives.