Bad news for Malaysians wanting to get their hands on the latest Apple gadgets. Our member Kean Tee earlier informed us of The Malay Mail latest report that several Apple Authorised Dealers confided the launch of Apple latest gadgets including the iPhone 5 are very likely to be delayed until after January 2 at the earliest.
There have been rumours that iPhone 5 will be launch in Malaysia by either 23 Nov 2012 or 30 Nov 2012 but we all know that the iPhone 5 was originally expected to launch in Malaysia by 23 October 2012, was then delayed to 02 Nov 2012 and until today has no exact launch date confirmation. We also know that Apple is facing supply constrain especially the iPhone 5 as it was reported to be very difficult to assemble. Also reported by The Malay Mail is that Apple is focusing on meeting orders for the coming Christmas and New Year Holiday in key markets and therefore, could delay the launch in countries like Malaysia.
The iPhone 5 was first released on September 21, 2012 in the USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore and then to 22 more countries on September 28, 2012. The latest launch was in India and Thailand on November 02, 2012.
The iPad Mini and iPad 4 with Retina Display was first released on November 2, 2012 in 34 countries. LTE versions are released in the USA on 16 November 2012. There has not been any confirmation on the release date of both iPads in Malaysia although iPad Club Malaysia earlier predicted that the launch in Malaysia could earliest be by end of December 2012 but with the above report, it looks like the launch will be more likely be January 2013.
On the other hands, the iMac launch was also rumoured to be delayed to 2013 worldwide by Digital Trends based on a French Mac-specialist blog MacBidouille, which reported that Apple is facing issues with advanced welding process to create seamless joint on the iMac. Apple earlier announced that the 21.5″ iMac is expected to launch in November 2012 and 27″ iMac in December 2012.
Let’s hope that the above reports are not true and Malaysians will get their iPhone 5 sometime by the end of November, iPad Mini and iPad 4 by the end of December 2012.
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Source: The Malay Mail