There’s no doubt initial demand for Apple AAPL -2.18%’s iPhone 5 has been strong. After all, Apple said it sold more than 5 million new iPhones in just three days after its Sept. 21 launch.
But developments at component suppliers in Asia indicate some Apple fans might have to wait a bit longer to get their hands on the latest smartphone from the Cupertino, Calif. company.
Labor disputes at Apple’s major assembler in Asia, Hon Hai Precision Industry, escalated over the weekend. The Wall Street Journal reported that new disputes erupted among workers at the Chinese factory that makes the iPhone, but Hon Hai, which uses the trade name Foxconn 2038.HK -1.10%, denied the disputes led to work stoppages. China Labor Watch, a U.S.-based Chinese labor-rights organization, says that as many as 4,000 workers at a factory assembling the iPhone 5 went on strike, leading to a disruption in production for a full day. This isn’t the first time the Apple assembler has had to deal with labor strife. Last month, a fight at a northern China factory campus owned by Hon Hai escalated into a riot leading to 40 injuries. These labor disputes threaten to undermine Hon Hai’s production as it moves to meet demand from Apple ahead of the busy holiday season.
Apple’s conceded that the camera on the new iPhone 5 is causing a purple flare to appear on photos – but says it’s the users’ fault.
launch last month, many users have been complaining that their photographs are marred by a purple flare near the edge. It shows up when there’s a light source just outside the image.
Rumor has it that Apple will debut its latest version of the iPhone today. But will it have everything buyers hope for?
The online buzz leading up to today’s announcement from Apple has narrowed its focus to the latest version of the iPhone, which will likely be dubbed the iPhone 5.
CNET announced this morning that the company “accidentally” posted the name of the phone on its own website, along with a new iPod Touch and iPod Nano.
The phone is anticipated to be slightly bigger in size, with a larger screen, faster processor (iOS 6) and better camera, says USA Today’s Jefferson Graham. It should also include a new mapping feature, to be called Apple Maps.
Apple is likely to change the phone’s look, shrink the charging dock and give it a bigger battery for longer life after one charge, The Huffington Post reports.
A JP Morgan economist has said he believes the release of the new iPhone could result in a major boost to the nation’s economy during the last quarter of the year.