28nm Chip Shortage May Lead to iPhone 5 Delay

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News Posted: Sat, Jul 28 2012 6:57 PM
If you're one of the many people stuck in a smartphone holding pattern as you wait for Apple to announce (and launch) its upcoming iPhone 5 model, go ahead and get cozy. Reports out of China suggest Apple may delay the iPhone 5 as a result of a shortage of 28 nanometer chips.

This isn't the first time such rumors have manifested, so take it with a grain of salt. That said, the current concern is that Qualcomm, which is Apple's largest chip supplier, is trying to get a handle on 28nm chip production and won't have the shortage resolved until the end of the year. If that's the case, it could put a damper in Apple's ability to launch the iPhone 5 in September or October.

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What's bad news for Apple is good news for Samsung and every other company competing in the smartphone space. Samsung in particular would benefit from an iPhone 5 delay, as it's already the world's leading smartphone maker, having sold an estimated 10 million Galaxy S III devices alone in the last quarter.
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rapid1 replied on Sun, Jul 29 2012 11:33 PM

Not to mention Samsung has brought it to the courts notice that the great "Design" of the iPhone was stolen entirely from SONY and now Apple is trying to sue other companies for infringing on a design implementation that is stolen. I wonder how that is gonna work out for them really. I bet there hoping the court does not throw out all of there iPhone design patents in there entirety.

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