iPhone 5 Will Be Thinner (But Harder For Apple To Make)

Industry insiders have revealed that the next incarnation of the iPhone will be thinner and lighter than the current model and that the streamlining has caused problems for component suppliers.

The news comes via the Wall Street Journal who spoke to several sources involved in Apple’s supply chain who revealed that workers are having difficulty in assembling the new handsets.

Terry Guo, Chairman of Apple manufacturing partner Hon Hai Precision Co said: “The touchscreen devices are so thin. It’s really difficult to install so many components into the iPhones and iPads.”

Could this impact on how quickly the new iPhone is manufactured and result in stock shortages when the device is eventually released? No comment has been forthcoming from official sources but the WSJ also spoke to a representative from iPhone component maker Foxconn who revealed that the company “were told to ship the components to the assembler Hon Hai in August,” implying that a September release is still on track.

The countdown to the big reveal is well and truly on.

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