iPhone 5 May Arrive in the Fall of 2012

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As with other iPhone releases, we’ve been hearing a lot of conflicting news about the iPhone 5 as of late. While we reported earlier this month that the iPhone 5 would be released in the summer of 2012–to coincide with Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC)–we’re now hearing that this may not be the case after all. That’s because several sources are now reporting that the iPhone 5 will come out in September or October of 2012. As with many rumors, this may not come true; however, we’ve decided to provide a closer look into this possible fall debut for the iPhone 5.

Japanese Blog Says iPhone 5 Will Debut in Fall

The Japanese blog Macotakara.jp reported on Monday of this week that the iPhone 5 would be coming out in September or October 2012. According to Macotakara, they were given this information from a “very reliable source in Asia.” The source told Macotakara that the iPhone 5 would likely come out in one of these two months and that–perhaps even more importantly–this cycle would continue for future iPhone releases.
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In other words, according to the source, Apple is completely abandoning their previous new iPhone summer release schedule in favor of a new iPhone every fall schedule. That, of course, contradicts what many other sources have been reporting–that the iPhone 5 would mark the return of the new iPhone every June schedule Apple previously had.

Why a Fall Debut Makes Sense

The idea of releasing the iPhone 5 (as well as future iPhones) in the fall actually isn’t that crazy. In fact, it might just be a great idea–from a business standpoint–for Apple. That’s because the iPhone 4S was extremely successful in terms of sales, even moreso than the other iPhones. The iPhone 4S sold more units in the first 24 hours that it was on sale than any other Apple product. Over four million iPhone 4S units were sold during the first weekend.
Not only that, but sales of the iPhone 4S continued well into the holiday season of 2011. If the iPhone 5 were released in October 2012, it is very likely that the sales of the iPhone 5 would also continue well into the holiday season. This would mean big profits for Apple.
One other reason why a fall iPhone 5 debut makes sense is that it would be roughly a year after the release of the 4S. Many feel that releasing the iPhone 5 less than a year after the 4S–as would happen with a summer 2012 release–would upset a lot of customers.

Why a Fall Debut Doesn’t Make Sense

On the flip side of things, a fall debut for the iPhone 5 doesn’t make sense because the launch of the new iPhone has become such a staple at Apple’s WWDC event in June of each year. If Apple were to release the iPhone 5 in October, they obviously could not promote the device at WWDC in June. What’s more, Apple would have to plan a separate event in September/October of each year just to present the new iPhone for that year. That could be a big hassle.

What’s Most Likely: Fall or Summer

To be honest, we feel at this point that the iPhone 5 release date is really a toss up. It makes sense for Apple to wait a year to release the iPhone 5, which means a fall 2012 iPhone 5 release date. However, it also makes sense for Apple to return to the WWDC-centered release date by bringing out the iPhone 5 in June 2012. And given all of the reports we’ve received about the iPhone 5 already going into production, a June 2012 release date seems most likely. So if we had to predict a release date for the iPhone 5 right now, we’d still say June 2012.

What Do You Think

When do you think the iPhone 5 will be released? Leave a comment and give us your opinion.

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