Do you have a rather large pinch of salt handy, perchance? You do? Then let us begin.

According to Chinese-language site Sohu.com, the lack of a new iPhone this year could be down to a manufacturing problem with the handset’s fancy new A5 processor.

The problem, according to 9to5Mac, is that Apple’s oh-so-clever iPhone engineers are having issues with the A5 CPU getting a tad warm, what with the iPhone being so small and space being at a premium…

It’s speculated that this is the reason for Apple deciding not to push the iPhone 5 out this year, with the company understandably not wishing to incur another antennagate-like reliability fiasco.

The iPhone 5 is believed to be a complete redesign of the current iPhone 4 model, with a new antenna expected to replace the ill-fated ‘metal band’ design that we all know and love/loathe.

This delay, it’s claimed, is what has prompted Apple to prepare an iPhone 4S model. Expected to launch toward the end of 2011, a 4S release would be a stop-gap while Apple works on getting the iPhone 5 ready for primetime. An A4 chip would be used in this iPhone 4S, though speculation that this could still be a dual-core part is beginning to simmer – gorilla glass and an 8 megapixel camera have also been the subject of speculation.

Would you be interested in picking up an interim handset, just to tide you over until Apple manages to fix the issues associated with a toasty CPU? Would you then not upgrade to the the iPhone 5, or would juicy specs see you joining an orderly line outside your local Apple Store, regardless?

You did keep that salt handy, right? Now might just be the time to use it.

  • Geek

    Funny… Just got another iPhone 4 from ATT and after a month it told my wife camera flash can’t be used will cause more over heating… :/ apple.. Sup with that?

    • YoungFlute

      Mine did this around a week ago…
      It wasn’t even hot. I closed the camera app and reloaded and it was fine.

  • Josh

    No A5 chip? If this is true, I’ll just keep my 3gs until next year.

    • appletiser

      +1

    • Dwk81

      yeah same here. Come on Apple lets get it together. We’ve been waiting for a while!!!!

  • The A5 is a great chip, the iPad 2 flies compared to my iPhone 4. Let’s hope they fix it soon. I moved from the iPhone 3G for speed, the incredible retina display and the battery life. The HD video, flash etc. were icing on the cake. Can’t wait to see what comes next.

  • Totally no way are we going to purchase a half baked iPhone. Waiting for the A5 chip model.
    Anyhow we have iOS5 update just around the corner!

  • Todd

    I’ll stick with the 4, since it’ll run iOS5 does it really matter? No. I don’t game, and just surfing and listening to music isn’t going to make much of a difference between the A4 and A5, other than the hype and the name.

    • Michael

      +1 .. even the games that are actually playable, i’m referring to Angry Birds etc not the games where you have to use two joysticks that means covering half the screen with your hands, won’t really be affected by either processor, i’ve never known any issues when playing games on the iPhone 4, maybe the A5 will load faster but without issues playing I don’t see any benefit to shelling out again.

      • Todd

        The main factor for me was iOS5, and as usual, Apple reminds us all why they are the best. Even 3GS users will have iOS5, how awesome is that? The iPhone 5 will almost strictly be a cosmetic upgrade with a dual core processor, unless of course they can’t figure out the problem soon. Angry Birds is cool, so is Deathworm, but that’s about it for me gaming wise haha.

  • Trigger23

    @Geek Really? I use mine with and without flash all the time. You live somewhere ridiculously hot, like AZ? Also, had you considered that most other handset makers probably aren’t conscientious enough to even bother tracking how the heat affects their products’ performance an write software that will tell you when this is about to happen?

    • Geek

      Texas but it did that at night… Which was very odd

  • Stoney05

    I use my flash all the time for the camera and a flash light and I never had a overheating problem . I live in las Vegas

    • skeetshooter

      Same here, I live in Afghanistan by the way

      • Geek

        Blows…. I dunno.. New white iPhone 4… Never experience this problem til now.. It was a SHOCKER to me

    • moob

      that’s the problem if you’ve a white iphone. the white coating will reflect the heat back into the device whereas a black handset absorbs the heat and dissipates it to the atmosphere

      • Don’t drink that racist coffee.

        +1 lol

  • I guess the original point here was an allegedly overheating CPU in the new design; yet to launch. @Geek – take your white 4 back and get it swapped by Apple under warranty. That’s not normal.