As we near towards the much anticipated Apple iPhone 5 launch in Autumn, expected rumors have surfaced online this week suggesting an earlier release date and detailing complications with the model’s battery pack.
Apple batteries: Are they up to Jobs’ standards?
The speculation started on Chinese website, Sina.com who hinted that Apple’s battery providers were having trouble keeping up with the demand for the upcoming handset, in line with Apple’s strict quality standards.
According to Topeka Capital Markets analyst, Brian White who picked up the rumors and then shared details of a report with AppleInsider.com, the unnamed manufacturer has only fulfilled 30 per cent of the orders placed by Apple but are working to solve the problem with the penned release less than two months away and no confirmed date for Apple addicts.
Off the back of the battery rumors, another website suggested that Apple may want to push the release date forward, aiming for the end of August rather than September as anticipated. White, however, disputed the claims. “If there is a battery challenge, we trust that Apple will be able to figure it out in time for a September launch,” he wrote.
Maybe September, but possibly August
Contradictory release dates for the coming iPhone model are baffling consumers, but an early release looks unlikely if DigiTimes are anything to go by. The website posted that its sources in Apple’s “upstream supply chain” say they “have not yet seen any significant increases in iPhone component supply for July,” which would go towards a late-August launch.
If plans stay at September, this is still a month earlier than originally expected and some have suggested this is Apple’s way of rivalling Samsung’s plans to release the Galaxy Note 2 in the same month. Samsung are expecting sales of its Galaxy S3 to exceed 10 million units by the end of July, according to one of its top executives, making it the fastest-selling device. Meanwhile Apple’s iPhone sales figures leave more to be questioned and are said to have “taken a dip.”
The fantastic features of the iPhone 5
Excitement is brewing over the promising features of the latest handset, but it looks definite that the iPhone 5 will have wireless charging, including one for an IOS docking station.
There’s been a lot of talk about whether the model will have NFC (Near Field Communication) after Apple firmly said last year that it was out of the question, but it seems as though there’s been a change of heart. The iPhone 5 will include their version of Google’s Wallet, letting you pay for items wirelessly and tap into information from embedded items.
NFC-based payments can only be used through an NFC chip and the software can’t just be updated onto an existing handset, making it exclusive only to new users. But with the Apple iPhone being dubbed “the leading smartphone in 2013” we don’t anticipate this being a problem for the media company.
What we do anticipate though are even more Apple rumors between now and August, so to find out the latest as it happens come back to Dekko’s Technology Blog for more Apple news and more.