Having owned five generations of iPhone it’s obvious to us that the iPhone 5 release date will never be known until Apple chooses a time to reveal it, although this doesn’t stop some blogs and journalists claiming they know when the date will be. The so-called iPhone 5 will in fact be the 6th generation, which some fortune-tellers are suggesting certain months and dates thanks to what they call ‘solid rumors’.
Reading titles that state “the iPhone 5 release date will be” just seems crazy, especially when you wonder how these bloggers think they know anything solid about a launch date. This article starts just like that and then continues with a history lesson, which most of us already know, and obviously shows the iPhone 4S as the biggest change in iPhone launches thanks to the delay last year. This then leaves Apple in a unique situation that might stop them returning to a June launch month ever again – they wont want to upset the millions that bought an iPhone by releasing another within 12 months.
The only way we see Apple returning to a new iPhone in June would be with another delay, which eventually puts an iPhone back to around WWDC (that will not happen this year). You can read about the October 2 or October 16 prediction thanks to Jonny Evans in the above link, although we’d love to hear your thoughts on his crystal ball talent in the comments.
Occasionally we’ll find some evidence towards an iPhone 5 release, which is more than just speculation that most blogs are reporting, and this is shown with Apple predicting a fall in profits for the next quarter – something that will never happen if Apple were to release a new iPhone around WWDC. With an early launch out the way we can then look at revenue reports from TPK Holding and Wintek, as seen in this article, and this report shows the adoption of in-cell touch with iPhone 5 and also a drop in revenue for old suppliers.
Taking these more tangible reports into account it’s pretty obvious the 2012 iPhone will come towards the end of this year, although pay no attention to those that give you a date.