Despite Apple’s long-held practice of releasing the new version of the iPhone in early summer, this year’s model will reportedly debut several months later. The Reuters news agency, citing unnamed sources, has pegged the debut for the first month of fall.
In recent weeks, quite a number of analysts have gone out on a limb by predicting that the launch of the iPhone 5 is going to be later than many had first expected. Like Reuters, these predictions are all based on conversations with companies in Asia who are supposedly providing components for this upcoming model.
According to Reuters, production of Apple’s next-generation smartphone will begin in mid-summer, and will start shipping in September. This is actually a bit earlier than some market analysts have said. They have claimed that production won’t begin until September, leading to a possible release in mid-fall.
A Major Rescheduling
Neither Reuters nor others have been able to explain why Apple is pushing back the debut of the iPhone 5, after holding to the same general release time for four years. This delay will give the company’s competitors a chance to get numerous rival smartphones on the market first.
There has been some speculation that the change is related to Verizon’s much-delayed release of the iPhone 4 — this carrier’s version was only introduced in February. Other guesses are that this upcoming device will sport LTE, and Apple is waiting for more carriers to have their LTE networks up and running.
Other Details on the iPhone 5
The feature set for Apple’s next-generation smartphone has been the subject of a number of leaks and rumors this season. The most often heard of these is that it will have a slightly bigger display, even though the screen resolution and size of the overall device are not expected to change.
Most sources agree that this model is going to run iOS 5 on a Apple A5 1 GHz dual-core processor, which debuted in the iPad 2. This might also be the first iPhone with an 8-megapixel camera, and might also include NFC (Near Field Communications), which would allow the device to be used to function as a sort of electronic wallet, making purchases at specially-equipped stores.