Shipments of the next gen iPhone — rumored to be announced on Sept. 12 and released in third quarter the year — will probably fall below 15 million units compared to the expected 20 million units, according to “DigiTimes” (

Why? The report, quoting unnamed “sources in the supply chain,” says the forecast previously due to low yield rates in the production of in-cell touch panels as well as a connector at the bottom of the phone. A reduction in the first batch of shipments of new iPhones may result in a short supply, “which in turn may trigger a buying spree for the new models in the fourth quarter as well as in the first half of 2013,” reports “DigiTimes.”