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iPhone 5 Launching in Second Week of September? iPad 3 Later?

The China Times pinpoints the iPhone 5 release to the second week of September with an initial order of 4 million units. Suppliers are said to be currently preparing 400,000 trial run units. The news report also reports that the next iPad may be delayed until Thanksgiving due to component shortages.

A mid September launch lines up nicely with current expectations for the iPhone 5 release. Apple has held an iPod media event in September for the past 3 years. With no iPhone release during this year's WWDC, Apple is expected to include the iPhone launch at this September event alongside the public release of iOS 5.

There's been some debate about what features the iPhone 5 will include. Recently leaked case designs have shown some major design changes, while other sources have said the iPhone 5 will look largely like the iPhone 4.

The China Times has had a hit or miss record with Apple-related rumors, though they do seem close to Apple's suppliers in China and may certainly have knowledge of their production plans. Reuters had previously also reported the iPhone 5 would see a September release with production beginning in July.

Related roundups: iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPad Air

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40 months ago
Can you stop using that picture that makes it look like an official announcement?
Rating: 24 Votes
40 months ago
Apple is gonna suck all my money away.
Rating: 21 Votes
40 months ago
Great, so to summarize.. no new news!
Rating: 19 Votes
40 months ago
I predict one of these predictions may be right at least once.
Rating: 16 Votes
40 months ago
If there is an iPad 3 in 2011, I'm sure half of the purchasers of the iPad 2 will be seriously pissed off! :mad:
Rating: 15 Votes
40 months ago
can u imagine the ipad 3 being released on black friday? that would be hilarious
Rating: 13 Votes
40 months ago
When you say "they won't release it the same year as the iPad 2" all I'm hearing is "they won't release it because the previous model is still for sale."

I predict that Ford won't come out with a 2012 F150 because the people with a 2011 F150 will be upset.
Rating: 13 Votes
40 months ago

I think the iPhone case designs we have been seeing the last couple of days with the tapered edges may in fact by the rumored cheaper iPhone model. It could kind of look like thicker iPod Touch, have the same internals as the iPod Touch 4th gen except add in the cellular and 3G. They could capitalize on the cheaper parts they use in the iPod Touch to keep it so cheap, sell it for $99 on contract, $300-400 off contract unlocked?

I am pretty sure Gruber hinted at the iPod Touch being replaced by a low end iPhone, which is actually pretty smart I suppose:

And if you read between the lines in Cook’s comments on the prepaid market, he seems to be hinting strongly that Apple is going to soon pursue the unlocked market with a lower-priced no-contract iPhone. Maybe the iPod Touch goes away, replaced by a $249 or $299 no-contract iPhone?

EDIT: I got down voted for posting Apple rumours on an Apple rumours site? Interesting.
Rating: 12 Votes
40 months ago

I predict one of these predictions may be right at least once.

I predict that your prediction will be correct.
Rating: 11 Votes
40 months ago
All I want is the iPhone to come to T-Mobile.
Rating: 9 Votes

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