The Economic Daily News has revealed that the iPhone 5 will have a release date ‘during summer at the earliest’. Although this is a vague statement it does support earlier rumours and would explain the reason Apple has taken on more component manufacturers from Taiwan.
Four new manufacturers have been added to the line up of current ones to supply small components such as earphone jacks, sockets, headphones, led’s and more. Gold Circuit Electronics, Epistar, Foxlink and Foxconn electronics will pick up the extra demand for components in preparation for the summer release date.
Even though the orders will be for ‘small parts’ it equates to an impressive £107.4 million – not pocket change by any stretch of the imagination. This is not the first time Taiwanese companies have been used to pick up the slack from jobs usually performed in Japan; in fact Digitimes has explained that Apple was unable to use Taiwanese companies before due to patent constraints but sub-contractors can.
If rumours are true then we can expect to first see the iPhone 5 on the 6th June 2011, many predict the fifth generation iPhone will be on sale by the end of the same month.