As the rumored iPhone 5 launch date nears, the frequency of rumors about the device is almost at its peak. Most rumors have pointed to an iPhone 5 launch in October, and if John Paczkowski’s sources are to be believed, Apple will be launching the iPhone 5 in an event on October 4.
The launch will see Tim Cook, Apple’s new CEO, taking the stage and stepping into the shoes of Steve Jobs. Hopefully, we should also see Steve Jobs at the event for a final “One More Thing”. Phil Schiller and Scott Forstall will also be presenting at the event, just like they have done in the past, but the focus will be on Tim Cook. While we know that he is a terrific operations genius, we shall see if he is as good a showman as Jobs.
Thanks to Philip Elmer-DeWitt’s analysis, we also have an approximate time frame for the general availability of the iPhone 5, if it is unveiled on October 4. If we go by the launch trends of the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and the iPad 2, all these devices were launched within 2-3 weeks of their official announcement. The iPhone 5 should also follow a similar timeline, so it will likely be launched before October 20, if not earlier.
Update: It’s very likely that Apple will be launching two new iPhones at the event – the iPhone 4 Plus and the iPhone 5.