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Apple iPhone 5 May Be Delayed Till September

The successor of the iPhone 4 may not be released to the market until the end of September according to another analyst whose words have found an echo in the press.

Dan Frommer from Business Insider (opens in new tab) quotes FBR Capital Markets Analyst Craig Berger as saying that it is unlikely that the iPhone 5 will be launched in July.

This is because iPhone 5 suppliers are still "ramping up" with some chip vendors having not received any firm orders to deliver iPhone 5 components yet.

Berger adds that this means that a September launch appears to be much more likely, three months after the expected delivery date.

The likely result is that it will give the firm more time to improve the phone's features (and perhaps avoid a repeat of the Antennagate fiasco) but may clash with the release of the 7-inch Apple iPad 2 and a number of iPod media players.

Berger's sources told him that Apple may be looking to build (and sell) more than 100 million iPhones, a mix of iPhone 4 and iPhone 5, during the 2011 calendar year, which is a third more than what Wall Street is expecting.

He also posits that Apple will have upped its internal target from 38 million to 45 million, a 15 per cent increase. In either case, the launch of cheaper versions including a smaller iPad 2 and a cheaper iPhone 5 may help a long way to achieve both goals.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.