It seems like we can’t go a single day without hearing a new rumor about the next iPhone. First we heard that it would be called the iPhone 4S, and would come “sometime this fall.” Next, we started hearing that it would be a big redesign deserving of the name iPhone 5.
Well, we have a new release date rumor to deal with. 9to5 Mac is reporting that, according to their sources, Apple is planning to launch the next generation smart phone on October the 7th. While they are reportable not completely sold on that date, it is the one they are leaning towards. 9to5 Mac is also reporting that Apple is planning to take preorders for the iPhone 5.
This is a change from the launch of the iPad 2 earlier this year. With that launch, Apple did not take any preorders, which was viewed by many (myself included) as a bad move. However, it is clear that they wanted to have people waiting in lines outside of Apple stores, which they certainly got. It would seem they don’t see the need to force people into lines with the iPhone.
If we are to believe these dates, and I can’t see a reason not to consider them, then we can draw a couple easy conclusions. The first is that the iPhone 5 is probably in production or will be very soon. In order to meet the kind of demand that Apple has seen in the past, they would need a petty large number of these phones.
The second thing we can safely assume given these dates is the timing of a media event. If Apple does plan to take preorders starting on September 30th, then there has be a media event before that. Now, the timing is up in the air. It would be reasonable to think that the event would also be on the 30th, but it wouldn’t have to be. It’s possible that they would introduce the iPhone 5 at an iPod/iOS event earlier in the month, and then just announce the preorder and launch date.
Overall, this seems as possible as any there date we have heard so far. However, it is just a rumor, so don’t bank on it coming true. We will have to wait until Apple is ready to show us the new iPhone before we get out our checkbooks.
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