There’s a lot we don’t yet know about Apple’s next iPhone models. Rumors have gone back and forth on specs, form factors, and launch plans – you might recall that we’ve heard talk of launch dates as early as this spring, or going out as far as the fall. While a late summer/early fall launch might be the most in line with Apple’s past behavior, we just haven’t been able to shake these rumors of an earlier launch, and we’re back on the subject today as we get word of some of the latest analyst reports.
Here’s the key bit: at least one analyst has found from his supply chain sources that full-scale production of components for the next iPhone looks to be starting much earlier this year than in years past.
Assuming that’s true (and remember that none of this is official), it might suggest one of two possibilities: either Apple could be preparing for an earlier launch, or the company could be preparing ahead to have massive stocks on-hand for a later launch, so as to mitigate the impact of any shortages stemming from demand.
Honestly, either one of those outcomes sounds nice. We’d love to get some hard answers about the iPhone 6 as soon as possible, and if we are still in store for a lengthy wait, it would be nice to see Apple ready to meet customer demand for its new hardware.
Specifically, this report talks about the possibility of July availability; that’s a little later than the May/June we’ve been hearing recently, but still in the same ballpark.