August 13, 2011

Rumor: iPhone 5 Announcement Due September 8

A Japanese website is reporting that Apple could reveal a new line of iPods and the next generation of the iPhone at a media event scheduled to be held in that country on September 7 (September 8 in the US, due to time zone differences).

The initial report originated from Kodawarsian, a Japanese-language website that "has accurately reported Apple rumors in past years," Eric Mack of PCWorld said on Friday. Mack and Mashable's Sarah Kessler both picked up the story, though Mack notes that he had been unable to confirm the story.

Traditionally, Mack says, Apple introduces their new iPhones at their annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, but that did not happen in 2011, with speculation claiming that the release of the Verizon-branded version of the iPhone 4 being the reason why.

"Apple's annual September media event seems like a logical alternative" date to make the iPhone 5 official, Kessler says, even though "it has in the past been reserved for iPod launches."

"It's not clear if the new iPhone will be revealed the same time as the new iPods, according to the report, or at a separate event a few weeks later," Mack added. "Other conflicting rumors put the phone launch in either September or October."

On August 1, John Paczkowski of AllThingsDigital reported that rumors which suggested a late September release for iPhone 5 were "wrong" and that the device's debut would be "an October surprise."

An AT&T blackout of employee vacations in the second half of September fueled speculation that the new Apple smartphone would be released in that month, but a source told Paczkowski, "I don't know why AT&T's calling for all hands on deck those weeks, but it's not for an iPhone launch."

Other sources suggested to him that the release would come later in the month.

Furthermore, Mack says that there has been "additional speculation over the new iPod this year. First, there are the photos that emerged, apparently showing a new 1.3-megapixel camera for the iPod. Also, a drop in iPod sales have left others to wonder if it might be time to scale back the iPod family."

Paczkowski added that the new iPod will also utilize the A5 processor found in the iPad 2.


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