Reuters has reported that according to a source, Apple suppliers will begin production of 4.7-inch iPhone as early as May while the 5.5-inch version will be delayed.
Apple is planning to have iPhone batteries manufactured on automated production lines starting this year, according to a DigiTimes report. This will reduce the company’s manpower demand. It has already automated production lines for its Mac Pro and iMac notes the report:
Apple has already automated its Mac Pro and iMac production lines. Other than materials and final assembly, manpower is not required for the rest of the manufacturing
The latest version of the popular handset, the iPhone 4, was released in June, but the white model was delayed first to July, then to the end of the year and now to early next year.
“We’re sorry to disappoint customers waiting for the white iPhone again,” Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller. She declined to explain the delay.
Apple has never said exactly why the white iPhone has been so troublesome to produce. The company has only said the white model was “more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected.”
It’s been promised for years and was said to have gone into production before, but it looks like this time it’s for real — that’s the very first iControlPad fresh off the production line pictured above. No orders are being taken just yet, but that’s promised to be announced soon on Craig Rothwell’s Twitter feed (linked below), and the first run is said to be limited to 3,000 units, which are expected to sell out fast. It looks like that’s just the beginning for the peripheral, though — Rothwell is also promising to support additional phones in the future, which can be accommodated simply by swapping out the two side pieces. Need to get up to speed on the whole saga? Head on past the break for a brief history in video form.
As we had reported that these users have noticed areas of yellow or brown splotches on the retina display of the new iPhone 4.
We have now learned that this issue could be due to a bonding agent that is used in the manufacturing process. This chemical is used to secure the iPhone 4 screen and it is suspected that the discoloration is primarily because the bonding agent may not have dried completely as yet. An AppleInsider forums member who claims to be an expert writes:
When Steve Jobs unveiled iPhone 4 at the WWDC 2010 Keynote address it didn’t come as a big surprise as it was similar to the lost next generation iPhone prototype that Gizmodo had revealed.
But Apple manufacturing its own case for iPhone 4 did come as a surprise.
Apple is calling its iPhone 4 case, a Bumper. The iPhone 4 Bumper goes around the edge of the iPhone 4 and doesn’t cover the back of the iPhone like regular iPhone cases. It comes with metal two-tone colors buttons for volume and power.
The parts of Apple’s next generation iPhone continue to surface.
Taiwanese site Apple.pro has just published new photos and information claiming to be battery and dock connector of iPhone 4G that Steve Jobs is expected to unveil at the WWDC 2010 next week.
We took apart the next iPhone.
There are a number of interesting facts gained from the dissection, the most important of which is more concrete confirmation (as if we needed any more) that this phone is from Apple. There are three separate places, inside the case, where APPLE is written prominently.