The rumors were flying this week regarding the release date of Apple’s new iphone 5. Anticipated in some corners to be available by the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, the iphone now looks to go on sale later in the year.
Reuters reports that the iPhone 5 will have a faster processor and will start to ship in September, according to sources. It is expected to be similar in appearance to the iPhone 4.
But Business Insider reports supplier Avian Securities says, based on conversations with a “key component supplier” to Apple, the new iPhone 5 should go into production in September. Avian also suggests that Apple may be developing a lower price/lower spec iPhone model.
According to infosyncworld.com, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo hears that the iPhone 5 will include the new Apple A5 chip, improved antenna design, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and both GSM and CDMA models will contain a Qualcomm baseband.
Kuo tells Channel Partners Apple will ship between 28 and 32 million iPhone 5s later this year, and says the new phone will be introduced at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference this June, but you won’t be able to buy one until probably October.
According to iphoneinsider, some reports say the delay in the release of the iphone 5 is due to the ordering of its components happening too slowly. Also, the Verizon iPhone four was just launched in February, so Apple may not want to release a new version too soon to hurt the Verizon sales. The release could occur in the last week of September, when Apple will be entering into a new fiscal year.
The iPhone sold over 16 million in the last quarter of 2010 and it accounted for more than a third of Apple’s sales during that period.
For consumers with extreme patience, the iPhone 6 is on schedule to be released in time for Apple’s traditional release month in June 2012, according to Kuo.