iPhone 5 release date confirmed, as Apple amps Chinese sweat
The new iPhone ’5′ release date is confirmed by various sources and by Apple partners’ feverish activity in China. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is strongly expected to announce the device on 9/12 and ship on 9/21. We might also see the 7-8 inch iPad Mini. So we’re overdue for another Richi-style roundup: In IT Blogwatch, bloggers separate specious rumor from triangulated fact.
By Richi Jennings: Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: Dinner with Neil Armstrong…
Rene Ritchie (no relation) recounts the rumor and tells the tale:
Apple is planning to debut the new iPhone…September 12…with the release date…September 21. … The iPad mini will be announced at the same…event.
[This] schedule would put the iPhone 5 launch at just over 11 months after the iPhone 4S. …recent reports and parts leaks [show] the 4-inch, 16:9 screen version is what Apple’s going with…the new, smaller Dock connector…along with the nano-SIM…in-cell display…LTE radio…and the bigger battery.
If these…dates prove accurate, we should find out in only 6 short weeks.
John Paczkowski brandishes the C-word:
…we’ve confirmed it. …an event for the week of September 9th, with Wednesday being…likely.
Apple is ramping up for a big fall product cycle. …you need only look at the recent spike in the company’s prepayment…[in] Apple’s latest 10-Q. … [They're] at their highest level in four years…a good indicator that Apple is ramping up for a big product launch.
As does Dante D’Orazio:
Ah, but “very likely” isn’t exactly definitive. What does Jim Dalrymple say? Is it the iPhone 5?
TL;DR. So what of our own Jonny Evans? He’s been predicting this for many weeks:
It is no secret [Apple] has held a special event at around this time each year since…2001. Traditionally [for] the latest iterations of its music products. … However, as iPod sales decline the company is becoming ever more focused on…connected mobile devices.
Connectivity will be the focus of the September 12 launch…reflecting the importance of Apple’s cloud-based media management solution, iTunes Match.
It might be wise to temper expectation based on component orders. … Given the huge growth in interest in smartphones [Apple must] ensure it has sufficient component supply to manufacture tens of millions of…new iPhone[s]. … This alone could account for the huge climb in [prepayment].
Meanwhile, Tiernan Ray triangulates rumors from the market perspective:
Cirrus Logic‘s (CRUS) claim…that it will see revenue rise by 70%…is provocative given that the company gets about 60% of [its] revenue…from Apple.
Cirrus Logic stock is up $6.51, or 22%. … The stock sees…Vernon Essi of Needham Co. raising his target…“though investors were expecting CRUS to be in the iPhone 5, this guide indicates a considerable content increase in the iPhone 5 as well as the new iPad line-up.”.
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