One thing that both Apple and the consumer don’t want to see with the iPhone 5 launch is disruption in the supply chain, or even with the shipping dates, but this hasn’t been the case with some generations in the past. Thanks to a recent statement from LG Display, apparently supplying parts for the upcoming iPhone 5, we can rest assured that there will be no problems with meeting the demand Apple has requested.
Mass production towards the iPhone 5 release date – only a few days ago we heard from an LG exec in South Korea, and they made it clear that the display element for the new iPhone 5 has started “mass production” and they don’t see “any disruption” with the supply of these parts, although this would only be for the amount of parts Apple requested and these might not meet the high demand expected for pre-orders alone.
It is good to get confirmation from Apple’s suppliers that an iPhone 5 is really in full production, but considering there’s an event planned for next month it had been expected. The important information from this South Korea supplier is the fact that there’s no disruption to the delivery of iPhone 5 parts, so this means the next iPhone can expect only the usual disruption seen with each launch.
Apple’s iPhone 5 will see more demand than any product before – when we say “usual disruption” it’s good to remember that this means shipping dates slipping within hours of the iPhone 5 going on sale in the UK, US, and a few other countries and also limited stock in retail stores. Not only is the iPhone too big to share the upcoming event with other hardware, but the 2012 iPhone is expected to sell more than 10m units within the first 2 weeks and there are over 80m people wanting the device at launch (worldwide).
If you really want an iPhone 5 then act fast or take your time – upgrading to the latest phone can sometimes depend on the situation with a contract, and some people are waiting for this to end before picking up a 6th generation iPhone. Although it is always good to check with carriers like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile because they can sometimes offer a good upgrade deal tied into a new contract.
The real issue that some people have is taking their time to order and then meeting shipping dates that have slipped a number of weeks, which then creates a lot of frustration. Considering the demand for the iPhone 5 will be higher than any device before it, you need to get in the moment pre-orders go live or sit back and wait a month for things to calm down. Current iPhone owners might want to wait and try iOS 6 for a while, which could lead to you being happy with the iPhone 4S and iOS 6 only.
Solid information on the iPhone 5 release date and a detailed comparison – thanks to Verizon Wireless putting a ban on employees taking holiday from September 21 for just over a week, we now know the launch week for iPhone 5 in the United States. You can read about the blocking of vacations here, and also see some iPhone 5 parts compared to previous generations in an earlier article or via the video below.
Update: New iPhone shipping forecasts are being reworked, according to this source, and this is apparently due to problems meeting an earlier 20m unit forecast for the 3rd quarter.