Apple complicates things, makes iPhone 5 hard to put together
There she is, folks! The Apple iPhone 5. As you can see, there's quite a few parts going into the next iteration of the most popular smartphone in the world.
Okay, I'm totally joking. This is just a simple LEGO iPhone mockup, not the iPhone 5. But it could be close, if a new report from Foxconn, the assembler of Apple's smartphone line, is to be believed. According to them, the iPhone 5 will be "complicated and difficult to assemble." This is due to a number of things, but it's mostly because of the fact that the 5 will be quite a bit thinner and lighter.
Apple also seems to have demanded 25 million units from the plant, although Foxconn has had some pretty low yield rates lately, and if the device is already going to be pretty difficult to produce, then we might see even worse availability than we did last year with the iPhone 4 and this year with the iPad 2. Asking Apple to move to more plants on top of the one it already uses is kind of a pointless idea, too; Apple wants to control everything, so they are pretty keen on keeping with one plant so they can monitor things according to what they want.
We'll see the iPhone 5 sometime this fall. Or maybe we won't. It's supposed to be deathly thin, after all.[SlashGear]