iPhone 5 could be delayed due to manufacturing process

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Earlier today my colleague Peter Chubb wondered if by the time the iPhone 5 is released whether it would already be out of date. But the Apple rumor mill continues to gather pace as we are now hearing that the iPhone 5 could be delayed due to the manufacturing process.

Rumors we have heard recently have suggested the next iPhone won’t be much different than the current model, but now an article over at electronista is reporting of new rumors that hint at a thinner and lighter iPhone. The handset is also rumored to have an eight megapixel camera, but it is rumored to be “complicated and difficult to assemble” so could lead Foxconn to delay shipments.

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Suppliers have said that this could cause a problem in getting enough units ready in time for release, and at the company’s general meeting Terry Gou complained it was “really difficult” to fix the parts into iPhones and iPads. This was because they really thin compared too many other products.

It may be time to get that large pinch of salt again, as the iPhone 4 or original iPad are not the thinnest devices on the market. But one of the suppliers said Apple was looking to try and ship 25 million of the new iPhone in 2011 alone, with production only beginning in August. With a proposed release in September Apple would only have one quarter to shift that number of units.

But this may be possible as recent figures released have shown the iPhone remains a highly sought after device. We have already had Verizon suggesting the next iPhone will have Qualcomm dual mode processors and support both CDMA and GSM. Apple would also like to have only a few different versions of the iPhone.

If indeed the iPhone 5 is lighter and thinner will it be at the expense of battery life and strength? As handsets become thinner it can be a worry having that cell phone tucked away in a pocket, especially if you forget it’s there and sit down or bump against something. Nice slim handsets certainly look the part, but can be very delicate.

We still have a couple of months before we should hear about the next iPhone, so expect to see more speculation and rumors surfacing as with any new Apple product. Would you like to see a lighter and thinner iPhone 5? Or is the current model thin enough?