The iPhone 5 is due to get its grand unveiling in three weeks, on 12 September 2012. With a possible 25 per cent shortfall in launch units, there may be a lot of unhappy people left standing forlorn in front of Apple stores.
The reported reason for the possible limited availability of the iPhone 5 is that there are simply not enough components available - namely the in-cell touch panels and the new 8-pin connector that's set to replace the long-standing 30-pin plug. To turn down the volume on these daunting reports a little: they come from DigiTimes, a notorious source of Apple rumour-mongering. The site claims to have "sources in the supply chain" that have given it the lowdown.
If the component worries are real, DigiTimes says that it will reduce the number of shipped iPhone 5s in the device's first quarter by 25 per cent, from 20 million to 15 million. The site prophesises that the scarcity may trigger a "buying spree", which may linger on into the first half of 2013. Could a rush on Apple stores be a sign of the apocalypse?
We're just a few weeks from the reported official unveiling of the iPhone 5, on 12 September 2012. The phone is likely to sport a longer, 4in screen, improved processor and camera, and NFC.