Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple’s Supply Chain Will Ship iPhone 4S
Ming-Chi Kuo is sharing another reports which claims that the next-gen iPhone will be the iPhone 4S.
A new research note provided by MacRumors stated that analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, claimed that Apple is slated to send the golden master version of iOS 5 to its iPhone and iPod Touch hardware manufacturers from September 23 to September 30. This suggests the new hardware will be launched around mid-October. The report is in line with other buzz which suggests that Apple will debut the next iPhone around the middle of October.
More interestingly, Ming-Chi Kuo tells that he has seen no evidence of the rumored iPhone 5 in the supply chain. However, the analyst pointed out to the N94 iPhone — which has been popularly dubbed as a iPhone 4S. Ming-Chi Kuo said that it is the only iPhone model set to ship, with Apple planning for 30 million units until the end of the year.
While some suggested that N94 is just a decoy, scrapped, or backup model, and that Apple is keeping the next-gen iPhone under tighter wraps, the analyst is not seeing signs of such model anywhere in Apple’s supply chain. As for the N94, Ming-Chi Kuo share a few details on the device:
– 512 MB of RAM: This is to be expected, as the next iPhone should be using the same A5 chip found in the iPad 2, which does in fact offer 512 MB of RAM.
– Camera module height “almost same” as in iPhone 4: Camera thickness is the major limiting factor for overall device thickness, meaning that the next iPhone is not likely to be significantly thinner than the iPhone 4. Sony is said to have started shipping camera sensors to Apple’s manufacturers back in July, with OmniVision coming online to assist in September or October.
– 3.5-inch display: A number of rumors have claimed that Apple will be using a larger display for the new iPhone, but Kuo’s sources indicate the screen will be the same size as that found in the iPhone 4.
– Glass front and back: Although not 100% confident on this item, Kuo’s sources suggest that Apple will continue to utilize the same basic design of the iPhone 4, with glass on both the front and back of the device.
– Manufacturing shares: Foxconn is scheduled to handle 85% of the production load for the new iPhone, with Pegatron taking the remaining 15%. As previously noted, Pegatron will be a bit slower to ramp up production, and will primarily be supplying Apple’s Asia-Pacific markets.
As for the next-generation iPod Touch, Ming-Chi Kuo sees the addition of white models as the most visible change. The iPod Touch is said to be set for a major redesign for the 2012 launching.View Article Source »