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iPhone 5 Due for Release in September-October Timeframe?

Japanese blog Mac Otakara today reports that it has learned from a "reliable" source that Apple is targeting another September or October release for the iPhone this year, continuing a shift away from the mid-year launches seen prior to 2011 and yielding an approximately 12-month upgrade cycle for the iPhone 4S. The report also claims that Apple intends for the later timeframe to be part of Apple's long-term plans for iPhone launches.
According to Asian reliable source, next iPhone will be released in September or October , and this cycle seems to be kept for years.
MacRumors has similarly heard from a representative of a supplier known to provide parts for the iPhone that Apple's ordering plans are pointing toward a launch of new hardware in the September.

A third source also claimed to iMore last week that Apple is targeting an October launch for an LTE-enabled iPhone 5, with that source also apparently having accurately named March 7 as the date of Apple's iPad 3 media event. Apple has yet to officially announce that iPad 3 event, but the date has been confirmed as accurate by the well-connected Jim Dalrymple at The Loop.

The claims of a September or October launch for the iPhone 5 directly contradict several previous rumors that had claimed Apple would be releasing the iPhone this summer, presumably at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. That event that may be held during the week of June 11-15 this year, meaning that a product launch in the weeks after such an introduction would result in a very short lifecycle of only eight months for the iPhone 4S. Consequently, many have believed that Apple will indeed hold off on the iPhone 5 launch until later in the year as it did in 2011.

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

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28 months ago
New iPad's in the Spring
New Mac's and new Mac OS in the Summer (great for new students buying new computers before fall classes)
New iPhones and new iOS in the Fall. (great for christmas holidays)


Simple and makes sense. They got their formula all worked out and I see no reason to mess with it in the near future.
Rating: 72 Positives
28 months ago
Hold on, beloved 3GS...
Rating: 35 Positives
28 months ago
I am so sick of these "Macotakara" rumors. At this point it's just guessing and speculation from anyone.
Rating: 19 Positives
28 months ago
And so it begins...
Rating: 19 Positives
28 months ago
We already knew this. *sigh*
Rating: 16 Positives
28 months ago

Yeah, it's the 6th iPhone released, with 6th generation hardware, the A6 processor, running iOS 6 ... It *must* be the iPhone 5! :rolleyes:


Why do people care about this? iPhone 5, iPhone 6, whatever. Gimme gimme gimme!!!
Rating: 15 Positives
28 months ago
Seems about right. I highly doubt they will come out with an iPhone during the summer.
Rating: 13 Positives
28 months ago
iPhone G5 next Tuesday? :D
Rating: 13 Positives
28 months ago
Siri, Remind me to replace you in October.
Rating: 13 Positives
28 months ago
The only thing that annoys me more than iPhone 5 rumors is calling it the "iPhone 5". That makes no sense

6th iPhone = iPhone 6.
Rating: 13 Positives

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