iPhone 5 Rumors: Release Date Still Looking Like September

Chris CrumIT Management

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Most of the rumors that have been going around for a while now, have suggested that we would see Apple releasing the iPhone 5 (if that's what it actually ends up being called) come out in September. Last week, Boy Genius Report said it could even be August, but still the general consensus has pretty much kept it in September.

BGR wrote: "“We have been told by a reliable source to expect a radical new case design for the upcoming iPhone, though we have not been given any additional details surrounding the design of the new iPhone case. What about a release, then? The consensus is that Apple is going to announce the next-generation iPhone at the company’s annual September event, traditionally focused on iPods, but we have heard it’s quite possible Apple will break tradition. According to our source, Apple may hold an event in the beginning or middle of August to announce the new iPhone, with availability to follow in the last week of August."

Following that, Bloomberg put out a report saying the company "plans to introduce a new iPhone in September that boasts a stronger chip for processing data and a more advanced camera, according to two people familiar with the plans."

Now, AppleInsider is reporting that production of the the device is projected for August, with a late third-quarter (ending in September) launch, based on "intelligence obtained by one investment banker's recent trip to Taiwan." That would be Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty, who apparently met with people unknown in Taiwan, where Apple's supply chain and manufacturing facilities are. She also noted that cheaper iPhones may be in the works.

Interestingly, Huberty also reportedly said that those televisions we began hearing about last week may also be in the works, saying she believes Apple is in the "early design stages" for it. Last week's report came from DailyTech said that a former executive claimed Apple would enter the TV display business late this year, tapping a "major OEM" to sell iOS-powered, Apple branded displays.

Rumors of the next iPad coming with a higher resolution screen also emerged.

Apple's iOS 5, the next version of the iPhone's operating system is due out this fall. The company demoed it at its Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month.

Chris Crum
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