Once you get over the disappointment that we’re not likely to see a new iPhone this June, you’ll probably start looking to September and wondering what we might see from an iPhone 5. Thankfully, the analysts are too, and they’re sharing their thoughts with the rest of us.
A deceleration in the manufacturing output at Foxconn, the factory that produces the lion's share of iPhone and iOS devices for Apple, has spurred concern for reduced quantities of Apple products on store shelves. In response to Foxconn changing from "Market Outperform" to "Market Perform" prompted JMP securities to downgrade its outlook on Apple stock. As a result, earnings expectations for the quarter has been reduced from $23 billion to $22 billion.
While this may not come as much of a surprise, given that we're well underway into February, but according to The Wall Street Journal, Apple has begun to manufacture the latest and greatest iPad, that sources are saying should contain a built-in camera as well as a faster processor. The new tablet should also be thinner and lighter than the first edition.
A report surfaced earlier this week that unspecified production problems would limit the number of iPads manufactured by the announced availability date, and that original launch would possibly be limited to the United States. The supplier in question, Taiwan's Foxconn Electronics, told DIGITIMES that it wasn't so.