Apple’s 2013 release date roadmap which includes the iPhone 5S and perhaps even Apple TV has reportedly hit a few bumps in the road. Or to put it another way, we might be looking at an extra few months of rumor-mongering in the face of several products delays.
According to Peter Misek of Jeffries fame, the iPhone 5S – aka the affordable iPhone we’ve heard so much about – had originally been earmarked for a late-spring launch. However, word on the street is that Apple has run into difficulties sourcing sufficient volumes of colored casings for the iPhone 5S, which means that we’re now looking at an eventual release date between July and September.
A bit of a bummer in one respect, but the silver lining being the mention of multiple color choices for the iPhone 5…at long last.
In addition, he even went so far as to state that the iPhone 5S will hit the market for a genuinely reasonable price of around $400, which is clearly and unsubsidized price and thus means and off-contract, unlocked iPhone 5S. We can therefore deduce that on-contract version will probably be as good as free from its very launch date.
As far as the Apple TV set goes, it’s another case of insufficient component yields apparently pushing things back from an intended 2013 launch to a release date sometime next year. This time, reports state that Sharp and LG are having trouble coming up with the super high-quality displays the Apple TV needs in sufficient numbers, thereby stunting the originally projected launch roadmap for the fabled TV set.
Again however, the silver lining is the way in which this would indirectly confirm the existence of an Apple TV set…great news for all!
Last but not least, Apple’s iWatch is still apparently lined up for a 2013 launch, though Misek’s views on the company’s first Smartwatch contrast quite sharply with those suggesting that the Corning Willow Glass needed for its production won’t be ready for commercial use until 2016.