A traditional summer release for the next iteration of the iPhone is very unlikely, according to a new report.

A source at the Taiwan-based plant responsible for manufacturing the smartphone's touch panel told Digitimes that Apple had not yet given them a production roadmap.

Apparently suppliers are reluctant to make the switch to a new model with demand still so high for the iPhone 4.

If this is the case, Apple would struggle to get a new device out in time for a June launch which is when both the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS arrived in stores.

A Business Insider report earlier this week claimed that production on the new model is due to start in September, suggesting the new phone won't hit the shelves until Christmas at the earliest.

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