NOTE : This is just a rumor and I suggest that you take this at face value, and a speculation based on Apple’s annual exercise of layer pre-production, but not he assembly of the final product which may change in the last few weeks of production.
It’s about that time again. New tablets on January 27th, and new Macs and new iPhone for 2010. I have learned yesterday that Apple is starting to pickup production cycle for the new iPhone. The specs and details are somewhat fuzzy, but my sources have given me accurate iPod touch with camera production start and a sudden stop of the iPod touch with camera earlier. They ended up capping the touch (with camera PCB layer solder spot in place but no camera) with the old closed enclosure.
The new iPhone will sport a better camera, larger screen and some small minute changes in the R curvature but will remain very much like it’s current form. The information is very fuzzy, but it replicates last year’s exercise as Chinese New Year will force all factory to stop for 1 month while factory workers from all over China, especially the North need to get back to their families to celebrate. So there is a need to begin some production to ramp up PCB, Casing and other things before the new year. However, I also heard that some sections of the factories were kept open to continued production as workers sacrificed New Year Holidays and took March off instead.
So why do we know about iPhone and not about the Tablets? Simple. Sheer difference in production quantity. iPhone 4G is slated to be annouced also in January event as a sidenote, bringing in Verizon as a new partner with CDMA capabilities, which also allows Apple to enter an agreement with other nations CDMA carriers. Also note that 64GB versions should be made available soon.
Apple’s new OS 4.0 for the iPhone may need to be announced in January as this is already done and may have relations to the new CLOUD iTunes and Tablet. Therefore the OS 4.0 announcement may not necessitate the announcement of a new iPhone since the new OS will add more function to the current model, and Apple can choose a different time and venue for the announcement of iPhone 4G hardware, packed with killer camera and CPU.
iPhone 4G and CDMAバージョンの生産を開始した模様。早ければ1月27日のイベントで「One More Thing」発表されるか、2月中に別の場所で発表される可能性もある。Tabletの発表が薄まらないように別にすると私は思うが、Tabletがどのような製品なのか？3GとかCDMAを積んでおり、Versionでも使えるとなると、Tabletと同時にアナウンスされる可能せもある。米国ではカリフォルニア等の山上に住む裕福な家庭ではAT&Tは利用出きず、iPhoneが欲しいがしょうがなくVerisonを利用している人が沢山いる。
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