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Nov 8, 2011

Samsung: iPhone 5 Delayed by 'Overheating' Parts

New information has arrived regarding the potential delay of Apple’s iPhone 5, including one interesting tidbit about hardware parts that did not live up to Apple’s standards.
A Korean newspaper is spreading the word that iPhone 5 should have been the centerpiece of Apple’s October 4 event, but that key parts comprising the device were reported as flawed during testing, forcing the company to come up with a quick solution. That solution eventually turned out to be the iPhone 4S.

Following the rather disappointing announcement of a device that looked identical to the iPhone 4 but had the unique ability to run Siri (and even that isn’t unique to the iPhone 4S, as tests have shown), countless rumors started to emerge regarding the reason why Apple din’t deliver what the fan-base had expected.

It was speculated that the iPhone 5 was delayed due to a problem with “stability of a key part”. Production of that part had been assigned to a new Taiwanese company, according to the Korean source.

During tests, the unnamed component reportedly failed to meet the required stability standard imposed by Apple. The iPhone 5 delay at this point was inevitable.

Now, Samsung Electronics themselves seem to confirm this rumor:

“As far as we understand, Apple newly assigned production of two key components for its iPhone 5 and iPad 3 to a Taiwanese company, but these showed problems such as overheating during final tests,” said one Samsung Electronics official, according to The Hankyoreh.

(You can now use the comments to kick off the debate on which parts could those be, knowing that they can overheat - Battery? Processor?)

The statement seems to fall in line with rumors of a delayed iPad 3 as well.

Several recent reports, including one analyst account, are indicating that Apple will push for the launch of an iPad 2S next spring, and that a full-fledged third-generation iPad won’t be out until fall 2012.

It is being said that Apple is still trying to decide on the backlighting solution for its next tablet, though it isn’t clear which tablet it’s for.


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