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Leaks have iPhone 5 thinner and lighter, tough to make

updated 08:55 am EDT, Wed July 6, 2011

iPhone 5 may be set back by manufacturing process

New hints have emerged that the next iPhone has a genuinely new design but may also be facing complications as a result. Suppliers said Wednesday that the new phone is "thinner and lighter" even as it carries a new eight-megapixel camera. As a result, though, the WSJ heard Foxconn (Hon Hai's manufacturing) may have to delay shipments as the new iPhone is "complicated and difficult to assemble" and might create yield problems.

Although not making any references to the iPhone 5 by name, Hon Hai chair Terry Gou may have hinted at the iPhone 5 during the company's general meeting. He complained that it was "really difficult" to fit components into iPads and iPhones because they were "so thin" compared to most others' products.

Apple was nonetheless very aggressive, one of the suppliers said. It hoped to have shipped 25 million of the new model just in 2011 despite assembly starting in August. Most leaks have pinned the public release to September, three months later than usual, and would give Apple just over one whole quarter to move the new amount.

Verizon has already given away clues that the new iPhone will use Qualcomm dual-mode chips and should be the first model to support both CDMA and GSM. Apple has long said it wants to ship as few models as possible and would need just one phone to cover most carriers. The CDMA iPhone 4 was an exception as Apple wanted to curb the rise of Android at Verizon.

Few other details have emerged so far, but a dual-core A5 processor is virtually certain. Apple may also finally move to 64GB of storage at the high end.

Questionable representation of the next iPhone

By Electronista Staff


  1. bonzo77

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2008


    Release Date

    with the release probably/possibly coming near the time of Microkia's phone release- people will be lined up for miles for the iPhone and MS will be paying people to buy their phone.

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  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001


    tough to make?

    Yep, sounds like Apple. Make sure it looks good first, worry about the actual manufacturing later.

    Just like the white iphone.

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  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Apr 2011


    What we really want to know...

    Will the antenna work on this one?

    Will Apple distribute rubber bumpers on the shipping package?

    Will Stevo tell us we are using it wrong, with the next design error?

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    Consumers will be camping

    out a week before the iPhone 5 release. It is going to be in such high demand all over the globe. Souls will be sold in order to get their hands on an iPhone 5.

    Forget WP7 smartphones. The carriers can't give those crapphones away. I remember Ballmer talking about iPhone sales rounding errors and how WP7 smartphones were going to be in everyone's hands. Ever since making that statement Windows Phone market share fell deep into the cesspool. I'm not saying WP7 is a bad OS or anything. I'm only saying that consumers won't touch it with a ten-yard pole for whatever reason. It's like the Zune all over again.

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