Will the Iphone 5 ever be released?
Our iPhone 5 release date prediction: November 2012
Latest iPhone 5 rumored release date: October 2012
The release date of the iphone 5 has been just an on going rumor for months now. Among the new features every new Iphone brings, the release date is just as hot a topic. People want to know exactly when it’s available so they can have it first, or have it at all. Every new Iphone release has always been a hectic yet very successful one for Apple, selling faster than they can deliver. People always want what they can’t have which just makes these launches that much more troublesome. Fear not, when the Iphone 5 release date is leaked you can be certain that we will have it for you first.
The Iphone 5 was expected to be released with the new iOS 5 but complications happened which made the release of the iphone 5 with iOS 5 impossible in Apple’s eyes. So here we have the Iphone 4S, which to many was a major disappointment. Most people were expecting more from one of the world’s biggest and most technologically influential companies to date. The day the Iphone 4s was announced, Apple’s stock plummeted and for good reason. While the Iphone 4s does offer performance upgrades and added features, it was not enough according to the majority of Iphone enthusiasts. While it isn’t the first time Apple released an ‘S’ version in between official versions, it was the fact that it was so out of the blue and unexpected it has shocked people and Apple’s stock.
The iPhone 5 release date is still just rumors circulating with no concrete information. However the fact that Apple seems to prefer to have their major launches in late spring to early summer is probably a good place to speculate as the next release date for Iphone 5. As of right now most tech gurus are saying early summer 2012, but now with the recent release of the Iphone 4s the iphone 5 release date could be delayed further. Customers that buy the iPhone 4s could be extremely angry if Apple were to release the Iphone 5 less than a year later. Unfortunately in today’s technology world 1 year is a very long time, so get used to it.
Not only are these release dates a matter of releasing a bug free product, but there is also a marketing aspect behind them. Apple wants to release at the absolute best time to maximize profits after building months and even years worth of hype. Delaying too long could allow for competition to come in and snag a good percentage of customers that grow tireless of waiting. Releasing too soon could result in a bug filled product that wasn’t tested enough causing major customer support issues and potentially damaging the company’s reputation.
As you can see the iPhone 5 release date is a very touchy subject for both customers, developers and manufacturers with many variables coming into play. Who will know the official release date of the Iphone 5 first? Apple of course! Who will be the next to know? Something to keep in mind though is that Steve Jobs delayed the iPhone 5 because he felt it wasn’t ready, however his successors seem to feel otherwise moving forward with the new phone. So there could be new standards and protocols Apple is taking now that could affect things like release date patterns we’re used to.
iPhone 5 Specs
There is good reason to believe that Apple will be introducing a new quad-core cpu with it’s next iPhone release, with the CPU rumored to be called an Apple A6. It would be a huge disappointment to many if the iPhone 5 is launched with anything less than a quad-core CPU especially the way mobile devices have been trending for 2012 launches. We can also expect to see increased memory, at least we hope.
iPhone 5 Screen
According to a few sources, both Sony and Hitachi have shipped prototype 4-inch screen sized iPhone 5’s to Apple for testing. If this is true it could mean an iPhone 5 release date as early as March 2012 but more than likely later rather than sooner. There are new rumors constantly circulating about what screen-size Apple will go with. There are reports of screen sizes up to 4.75″, 4.6″ and 4.25″. There is no concrete news on which one will actually be chosen or if Apple is willing to chose just one. There is word that Apple may be considering multiple screen size options for their iPhone 5, trying to appeal to the masses and compete with their increasingly growing competition.
iPhone 5 camera is rumored to be 8MP offering 1080p HD video recording and pictures.
iPhone 5 Features
Digital Wallet (NFC) – With this new technology popping up in more and more recently released cell phones like the Nexus, it’s only a matter of time before Apple is forced to follow suit. With Apple being known in the past for being the pioneers of innovative new technology being the first to incorporate, it seems as though times are changing and they are being beat to the punch by a host of new competitors. If Apple is going to incorporate a digital wallet NFC option with the iPhone 5, look for it to excel over whats available right now in terms of speed, flexibility and security.
4G/LTE Support – With the recent release of the iPad 3 bringing 4G technology to the first Apple device, there is no reason to believe that the iPhone won’t offer the same. There have been many credible sources claiming this as well.
iPhone 5 News
Update (March 22nd 2012):
Rumors are circulating the Apple may possibly be releasing the iPhone 5 with two option for screen sizes, similar to their usual memory size (16gb and 32gb) option. There is a lot of debate from consumers about what screen size they would prefer, and obviously going with one is going to leave the other half of the consumers dis-pleased and lost. So why not capture both micro markets with a 3.5inch screen size option for those looking to stay small, and then the upgraded 4.0 – 4.75inch screen size option. The only thing holding Apple back from doing this is figuring out what the increased manufacturing costs will be compared to the amount of consumers they would potentially lose with offering just one screen size option.
Update (March 28th 2012):
A news report from Taiyuan, Shanxi, China has just surfaced today that the Foxconn factory just received an order from Apple to begin manufacturing of the new iPhone 5. The Foxconn factory is now looking to hire some 20,000 new workers to complete this task by this year. This leads us to believe that the release date of the iPhone 5 should be geared towards Apple’s traditional fall launches and not June or July like many had hoped. That is unless Apple has secretly sent out orders to other mobile device manufacturers already that we don’t know about and Foxconn is just a late addition, but it’s unlikely. Will keep this updated as we learn more on this story.
Update (April 4th, 2012):
There is lots of speculation going around that June 15, 2012 is the new projected release date for the iPhone 5. Let it be known that this claim is based off a Foxconn worker that was quoted as saying in an interview that the Foxconn factory is looking to hire up to 20,000 new workers to replace it’s current on-strike worker base in order to complete an order from Apple for iPhone 5’s that need to be completed for a possible June 15 launch. This is pure speculation as the worker to make the claim was even quoted as being uncertain about his own statement. With all that being said, a June 15th launch at this point would seem very rushed and here is why. It would take at least a month to get all these 20,000 new workers up to speed, and then another 1-2 months to complete all the manufacturing. That puts them at the start of June right there and that is assuming there will be no hiccups along the way. For such a massive launch from a company like Apple, things just don’t add up for a June 15th launch. An October launch would make much more sense at this point.
Update (April 20th, 2012):
New rumours circulating that the iPhone 5 will be released in October according to a recently leaked statement by Qualcomm that develops chips for Apple claiming their chips for the next iPhone won’t be ready until late summer. The other rumour is that the phone will be made from a metallic glass, but not the screen as this type of glassy metal is opaque, not transparent.