Rumours (as always) have arisen that suggest there may be shortages in iPhone 5 availability come launch.
Digitimes reports that shortages of key components could spell a 25% shortage upon Apple’s initial order of iPhone 5 devices.
The report also states that Apple’s supplier suggest that shipments may decline 20 million units, to 15 million due to “poor yields” of touchscreens and what could be the smaller dock connector that Apple has also been rumoured to be introducing.
As usual this being a rumour and all its quite possible that it bears no fruit what so ever and could even be a marketing ploy to drive sales during the first week of release. If there are rumours that say you might not be able to get at anytime, people are more likely to rush out and get one and their first opportunity.
Two quotes from the digitimes report states:
“Issues related to the poor yields of in-cell panels have been cited previously as possibly disrupting Apple’s shipping schedule for new iPhones,”
“The latest rumors indicate that Apple has recently redesigned a connector at the bottom of the new iPhone and that yield rates of the new connectors at Foxconn International Holdings (FIH) have been low due in part to insufficient supply of some key materials.”
So if your really really desperate for the new iPhone, then make sure your in a queue somewhere in the world on its launch date, but if you can wait a couple weeks, possibly a month or so, then don’t worry, it’ll be available for a good year….. until they release the 5s anyway.