Apple’s iPhone 5 will not be launched until this September, according to recent reports.
The production of the next generation iPhone will start in July or August, industry insiders have claimed.
This conflicts with earlier rumours that suggested a summer launch for the touch-screen smartphone.
An autumn launch date would go against Apple’s practice of releasing a new version of the device nearly every 12 months, which it has done since the first iPhone was introduced in 2007.
Previous iPhones were unveiled by Apple chief Steve Jobs at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. The event is still scheduled to take place from 6-10 June this year.
Details of the new handset have remained under wraps but industry experts have speculated that the handset may have a faster processor, a more powerful camera and a larger display.
The iPhone accounted for more than a third of the Apple's sales in the quarter of 2010 and remains the company’s most successful product.