updated 11:48 am EDT, Thu June 28, 2012
Only 30 percent of batteries meeting standards, report says
One Apple supplier is having serious problems providing batteries for the next iPhone, according to a Sina.com report quoted by Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White. The site is claiming that only 30 percent of the batteries produced by the supplier are meeting Apple standards. While the unnamed firm is said to be trying to fix the problem, only a few months are left before Apple is expected to debut the new iPhone.
White continues to suggest that the new iPhone will launch in September, despite an ifeng.com piece claiming a launch as soon as the end of August, and other reports pointing to October. Apple shipped the iPhone 4S in October 2011. "If there is a battery challenge, we trust that Apple will be able to figure it out in time for a September launch," White writes in an investor memo.
September may make sense if Apple wants to return to its traditional fall event schedule, though prior to 2011 it focused primarily on iPod- and iTunes-related announcements. Regardless the new iPhone is expected to gain a 4-inch screen, LTE 4G, and a smaller dock connector. It may also potentially support NFC, which could allow for things like mobile payments or device-to-device file transfers.