The next generation versions of Apple’s iPhone and iPad are apparently being delayed, according some rumors. Those reports of delays, however, are completely wrong, according to sources The Loop spoke with.
Yuanta Securities claimed on Tuesday that production issues are forcing Apple to push the second generation iPad launch from April out to June, according to Bloomberg.
Apple will release new iPads and iPhones. Eventually.
Our checks suggest new issues are being encountered with the new production and it is taking time to resolve them,” said Yuanta Security’s Vincent Chen. “As a number of Android 3.0 tablets are being launched in April and May, the delay in iPad 2 shipments may give the Android camp a brief window of opportunity.”
The fifth generation iPhone launch will be pushed out from late June to September, according to an FBR Capital Markets report that Business Insider got ahold of.
“We continue to hear that a July launch is unlikely, with various casing suppliers and touch suppliers still ramping up, with some chip vendors not having yet received firm iPhone 5 orders, and with other sockets like the image sensor still in flux,” FBR analyst Craig Berger said. “Given these factors, we think a September launch is more likely, off from Apple’s traditional iPhone launch schedule, but giving the firm more time to enhance its next-generation instant communications on the phone.”
Based on Loop Insight contacts, however, both of those reports are completely wrong.
“From what I’ve heard this morning both products are on schedule and will ship when they are supposed to,” Loop Insight’s Jim Dalrymple said. “Only Apple knows exactly when that will be, but the products are not delayed.”
The last major product launch delay Apple has dealt with was the white iPhone 4, which was supposed to ship at the same time as the black model about eight months ago. So far, it still isn’t available, and Apple hasn’t offered a firm release date.
Regardless of when Apple plans to introduce updated iPad and iPhone models, the devices aren’t late until the company publicly says they are. So far, Apple has remained quiet about its next generation product launches, and reports of missed launch dates are based solely on analyst and media expectations — in other words, the missed deadlines are completely artificial.